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BOISE -- Idaho Supreme Court justices refused to set aside a man's guilty plea to aggravated assault in a case where he cornered his estranged wife and her attorney and threatened to kill them.

Justices Thursday rejected Charles Earl Guess's appeal, which also sought to dismiss the charge because he'd completed five years of probation.

In April 2006, Guess and his wife were getting divorced.

At a meeting in their home near Moscow, Guess brandished a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at her and her attorney, court documents show.

Guess struck his wife twice before they could flee.

Now that Guess completed his five-year probation, however, he wants charges dismissed.

But justices decided the lower court didn't abuse its discretion by rejecting his appeal, based in part on Guess' ex-wife's lingering fear.

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