Idaho Supreme Court - Criminal Decisions 2017

Adamcik v. Idaho  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: 44358

Justia Opinion Summary: Torey Adamcik appealed his conviction and sentence for the murder of Cassie Stoddart when he was sixteen years old. The Idaho Supreme Court previously affirmed the conviction and sentence of life without the possibility…

Idaho v. Downing  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 44382

Justia Opinion Summary: The probation officers temporarily detained the visitors while conducting an initial search of the home to secure the remaining occupant. During this initial search, the searching officer observed drug paraphernalia in…

Idaho v. Montgomery  
Date: December 21, 2017
Docket Number: 45003

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Montgomery appealed his conviction for unlawful discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle. Montgomery argued the district court abused its discretion when it allowed the State to present the testimony of two…

Marr v. Idaho  
Date: December 20, 2017
Docket Number: 45206

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a district court’s order granting John Joseph Marr’s petition for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. Marr was arrested and charged with felony attempted…

Idaho v. Young  
Date: November 29, 2017
Docket Number: 45125

Justia Opinion Summary: In a consolidated appeal from Ada and Blaine County district court, the issue before the Idaho Supreme Court centered on credit for time served under Idaho Code section 18-309. Marco Antonio Rios-Lopez and Corey Dale…

Idaho v. Tollman  
Date: November 8, 2017
Docket Number: 44648

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Teresa Tollman pled guilty to felony DUI. She was sentenced o a unified term of ten years, with two and a half years fixed followed by seven and a half years indeterminate. The judgment required Tollman's…

Idaho v. Gibbs  
Date: November 6, 2017
Docket Number: 44299

Justia Opinion Summary: Kody Gibbs appealed a district court’s order extending his probation. In 2013, Gibbs was charged with delivery of a controlled substance after he sold methamphetamine to a minor. Pursuant to plea negotiations, Gibbs pled…

Garza v. Idaho  
Date: November 6, 2017
Docket Number: 44991

Justia Opinion Summary: Gilberto Garza, Jr., appealed a district court’s dismissal of his petitions for post-conviction relief. Garza signed two plea agreements relating to charges of aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance…

Idaho v. Lee  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: 44932

Justia Opinion Summary: Trevor Lee appealed a district court’s denial of his motion to suppress evidence. As part of his plea agreement, Lee reserved the right to challenge the denial of his suppression motion on appeal. The district court…

Idaho v. Folk  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 43790

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Jonathan Folk was convicted by jury on one felony count of sexual abuse of a child under sixteen years old. On appeal, Folk contended the district court made numerous evidentiary errors. Folk also…

Idaho v. Anderson  
Date: September 12, 2017
Docket Number: 43673

Justia Opinion Summary: Darol Anderson appealed his convictions for felony domestic battery and misdemeanor domestic battery, arguing the district court erred when it admitted the preliminary hearing testimony of his alleged victim, Erica…

Idaho v. Cohagan  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 44800

Justia Opinion Summary: Matthew Cohagan appealed the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress. Following the denial of his motion, Cohagan entered a conditional guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine. Cohagan argued on appeal…

Idaho v. Fisher  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: 43621

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, while under the influence of a controlled substance, suffering from schizophrenia, and experiencing paranoia and a delusion that he and his family were in danger, defendant Shawn Fisher killed one person and…

Idaho v. Anderson  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 43673

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Darol Anderson appealed his convictions for felony domestic battery and misdemeanor domestic battery. Anderson argued the district court erred when it admitted the preliminary hearing testimony of his…

Idaho v. McNeely  
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Number: 43943

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court igranted a motion to suppress statements made by defendant-respondent Tyrell McNeely to Detective Zane Jensen after finding that the Miranda warnings given to McNeely did not adequately advise him of…

Idaho v. Lankford  
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Number: 44037

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Henry Lankford (Lankford) appealed after he was convicted by jury on two counts of felony murder. Lankford and his brother, Bryan Lankford (Bryan), were both convicted and sentenced to death for the 1983 murders of…

Idaho v. Lankford  
Date: July 3, 2017
Docket Number: 35617

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Lankford and his brother Bryan were both convicted and sentenced to death for the 1983 murders of Robert and Cheryl Bravence, who were brutally murdered while camping in the Sheep Creek area of Idaho County.…

Idaho v. Wass  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 43844, 43845

Justia Opinion Summary: Shawn Wass appealed the judgment entered upon his conditional guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He argued the district court erred when it denied his motion to suppress his admission…

Wheeler v. Idaho  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 44797

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, petitioner-appellant Jeremy Wheeler was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Due to prior convictions of a similar nature, he was also charged with being a persistent violator. Wheeler filed…

McKinney v. Idaho  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 42964

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1981, a jury found Randy McKinney guilty of first degree murder (both by premeditated killing and by felony murder), conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery for the April 1981 shooting…

Idaho v. Flores  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 43946

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2012, the State charged Flores with one felony count of eluding a peace officer. Flores pled guilty to the charge. A judgment of conviction was entered, and Flores was sentenced to five years: a three-year…

Idaho v. Garcia-Rodriguez  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 44443

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Idaho appeals from the district court’s order suppressing evidence against Victor Garcia-Rodriguez. On April 10, 2014, Garcia-Rodriguez was pulled over after an Idaho State Police trooper witnessed…

Idaho v. Brand  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: 44221

Justia Opinion Summary: Idaho Code section 18-309’s plain language mandates credit for “any period of incarceration” where “such incarceration was for the offense or an included offense for which the judgment was entered.” The statute “does not…

Charboneau v. Idaho  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 43015

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Jaimi Charboneau was granted a new trial, and the State appealed. Charboneau murdered his ex-wife, Marilyn Arbaugh, in 1984. Her two daughters, Tiffnie and Tira, witnessed the crime, and they both testified…

Johnson v. Idaho  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 42857

Justia Opinion Summary: Sarah Johnson appealed the dismissal of successive petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, Johnson argued: (1) the district court erred in denying her request under Idaho Code section 19-4902 for additional DNA…

Idaho v. Mann  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 43745

Justia Opinion Summary: Jesse Mann appealed his conviction for trafficking marijuana, driving without privileges, and possession of drug paraphernalia which were entered after a jury found him guilty of the charges. Prior to trial, Mann sought…

Idaho v. Garcia-Rodriguez  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 44443

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the district court’s order suppressing evidence against Victor Garcia-Rodriguez. In 2014, Garcia-Rodriguez was pulled over after an Idaho State Police trooper witnessed Garcia-Rodriguez’s car briefly…

Idaho v. Daly  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 44383

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2012, James Daly was charged with six felony counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Minor Under Sixteen. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Daly pleaded guilty to one count. At the start of the sentencing…

Idaho v. Wisdom  
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: 44444

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2013, Christina Wisdom pled guilty to one count of injury to a child. That plea was based on Wisdom allowing her husband, Ronald Wisdom, to access Wisdom’s daughter, M.L., who was born in a prior marriage,…

Idaho v. Bailey  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 44445

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Patrick Bailey pled guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a minor under sixteen years of age. The alleged victim his ten-year-old daughter, who was “so severely impaired by autism that she could not speak a…

Wurdemann v. Idaho  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 43384

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the district court’s grant of post-conviction relief for John Wurdemann. Wurdemann was convicted on seven felony counts related to the June 2000 attack of Linda LeBrane. In its order, the district…

Idaho v. Garner  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: 43493, 43494

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jason Zane Garner appeals the district court order revoking his probation and reinstating his sentence. Appellant Jason Zane Garner appeals the district court order revoking his probation and reinstating his…

Idaho v. Cunningham  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 44176

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeremy Cunningham appealed a district court’s award of restitution. In September 2014, a jury convicted Cunningham of possession of a controlled substance. The district court imposed a unified sentence of five years,…

Idaho v. Nelson  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 44177

Justia Opinion Summary: Jamie Nelson appealed the district court’s award of restitution entered under Idaho Code section 37-2732(k). The Idaho Court of Appeals vacated the restitution award, and the Supreme Court granted the State’s petition…

Idaho v. Kelley  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 44178

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas Kelley appealed the district court’s award of restitution entered under Idaho Code section 37-2732(k). The Idaho Court of Appeals vacated the restitution award, and the Supreme Court granted the State’s petition…

Idaho v. Meyer  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 43332

Justia Opinion Summary: Washington resident and appellant Douglas Meyer appealed his felony conviction for possession of over three ounces of marijuana. Meyer argued the district court erred when it denied his request for a jury instruction on…

Idaho v. Smith  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 44308

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Laura Smith appealed her conviction for aiding and abetting the delivery of psilocybin mushrooms to an undercover detective. She contended the district court erred in overruling an objection to an…

Idaho v. Kralovec  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 44250

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Thomas Kralovec was arrested by Boise City Officer Tad Miller for public intoxication and resisting and obstructing arrest. While he was being transported to jail, Kralovec was antagonistic. He cursed, insulted,…

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