Twin Falls Judge Sets Jaw-Dropping $100 Million Bond for Aggravated Battery Suspect 

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More than a few eyebrows raised last Thursday when a Twin Falls County judge ruled that a Salt Lake City man be held on a jaw-dropping $100 million bond after he was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

click to enlarge Mulugeta Mana, 32, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. - TWIN FALLS COUNTY JAIL
  • Twin Falls County Jail
  • Mulugeta Mana, 32, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The Twin Falls Times-News reports 32-year-old Mulugeta Zemu Mana refused the help of an attorney during his July 28 arraignment for attacking another man—with a knife—outside a Twin Falls pawn shop.

Prosecutors told Judge Michael Redman they were requesting a $1 million bond because Mana has previous convictions of assault and public intoxication, and a pending DUI charge. The Times-News reports when Mana heard the bond amount, he told Judge Redman he didn't care.

“I told you I don’t care,” he said through a Tigrinya interpreter. “Now, you can even make it $100 million, I don’t care. I’ve told you from the beginning I don’t care.” 

So, Redman raised the stakes.

"Very well, at the defendant's request, bond will be set at $100 million," Redman replied.

The Times-News reports Mana will stand before Redman again during a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday, Aug.4.
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