Idaho Supreme Court - Criminal Decisions 2023

State v. Rambo  
Date: December 20, 2023
Docket Number: 48949

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Tyler Reece Rambo was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer following an incident with police at a city park in Idaho. Rambo appealed his conviction, challenging several of…

State v. Thompson  
Date: December 19, 2023
Docket Number: 49492

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant Douglas Shane Thompson was convicted for domestic violence, and a no-contact order was put in place prohibiting him from contacting his minor son. Thompson appealed against the decision, arguing…

State v. Augerlavoie  
Date: December 6, 2023
Docket Number: 48939

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Patrick Nieves Augerlavoie, was charged with felony leaving the scene of an injury accident, misdemeanor making a false 911 report, and being a persistent violator due to his three prior…

Abdullah v. State  
Date: December 5, 2023
Docket Number: 48677

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Azad Abdullah was convicted and sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of his wife. He also received consecutive prison sentences for first-degree arson, three counts of attempted first-degree murder,…

State v. Kimbley  
Date: December 5, 2023
Docket Number: 49207

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2021, Kenneth Bernard Kimbley, III, was convicted on four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct and sentenced to four concurrent sentences, each for a determinate period of not less than fifteen years and an…

Idaho v. Oldenburg  
Date: November 17, 2023
Docket Number: 49358

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the State’s dismissal of criminal charges against him, Nickolaus Oldenburg moved the district court to seal the criminal court file pursuant to Idaho Code section 67-3004(10). The State did not contest the…

Idaho v. Harrell  
Date: November 9, 2023
Docket Number: 48839

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodney Harrell appealed his conviction for trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Harrell argued his convictions should have been vacated because: (1) the district…

Hooley v. State
Date: October 27, 2023
Docket Number: 48846
Idaho v. Monroe  
Date: October 4, 2023
Docket Number: 49255

Justia Opinion Summary: While a passenger during an unrelated traffic stop, defendant-appellant Audrey Monroe was recognized by a Bingham County Sheriff’s deputy as having an outstanding warrant. Pursuant to the warrant, the deputy attempted to…

Idaho v. Ramos  
Date: September 29, 2023
Docket Number: 50470

Justia Opinion Summary: While on patrol, Deputy Sheriff Brock Katseanes discovered an unattended car parked in the parking lot of a public boat launch. The car was unlocked, and its trunk and front windows were open. Katseanes learned the car…

Idaho v. Pendleton  
Date: September 20, 2023
Docket Number: 50078

Justia Opinion Summary: Edo, a dog used by the Boise Police Department to detect controlled substances, alerted on defendant-respondent Shawna Pendleton’s vehicle during a traffic stop. Videos of the incident raised questions about the…

Bracali-Gambino v. Idaho  
Date: September 11, 2023
Docket Number: 50430

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Guy Bracali-Gambino pleaded guilty to possession of major contraband in a correctional facility. On direct appeal, the Idaho Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed his conviction and sentence.…

Idaho v. John Doe  
Date: September 5, 2023
Docket Number: 49619

Justia Opinion Summary: After methamphetamine was found on his person during a pat search, Appellant John Doe was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and two related misdemeanors under the Juvenile Corrections Act (“JCA”).…

Idaho v. Head  
Date: August 30, 2023
Docket Number: 49029

Justia Opinion Summary: An Idaho district court denied Jared Head’s motion to strike certain evidence supporting a restitution order. Jared and his wife, Teresa, worked as onsite managers at the Village Inn Motel in Malad City, Idaho. Following…

State v. Wilson
Date: August 18, 2023
Docket Number: 48825
Idaho v. Bell  
Date: August 15, 2023
Docket Number: 49099

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, Officer Pallas was off duty and not in uniform when he noticed defendant-respondent Jonathan Bell at an Albertsons grocery store in Hailey, Idaho. Bell appeared to be unsteady on his feet, was having difficulty…

Idaho v. Miller  
Date: July 20, 2023
Docket Number: 49241

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Robert Miller appealed his conviction for felony driving under the influence (“DUI”) and the district court’s application of a sentencing enhancement based on a prior conviction for felony DUI within…

Idaho v. Lankford  
Date: July 12, 2023
Docket Number: 47522

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Mark Lankford appealed for the third time his 1983 convictions for the first-degree murders of Robert and Cheryl Bravence near Grangeville, Idaho. Errors in Lankford’s first two trials in 1984 and…

Bahr v. Idaho  
Date: June 28, 2023
Docket Number: 49305

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Bahr appealed a district court’s summary dismissal of his untimely petition for post-conviction relief. Bahr filed his untimely petition roughly two years after the one-year statute of limitations had expired.…

Hall v. State
Date: June 22, 2023
Docket Number: 47871
Idaho v. Anderson  
Date: June 7, 2023
Docket Number: 48985

Justia Opinion Summary: Sean Anderson appealed his conviction and sentence for aggravated assault on a police officer. Anderson argued on appeal: (1) the district court erred by instructing the jury on a different theory of assault than what…

Idaho v. Ingraham  
Date: May 2, 2023
Docket Number: 48522

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Stacy Ingraham appealed her convictions and sentences for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence, and grand theft by possession of…

Associated Press, et al. v. Second Judicial District, et al.  
Date: April 24, 2023
Docket Number: 50482

Justia Opinion Summary: A coalition of media companies petitioned the Idaho Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus or a writ of prohibition to vacate a nondissemination order issued by the magistrate court in the pending criminal action of State…

Idaho v. Roberts  
Date: April 20, 2023
Docket Number: 49039

Justia Opinion Summary: When asked about recent negative behavior, defendant-appellant Jason Roberts’ fifteen-year-old son informed his mother that she would understand if she saw the signs that Roberts “was sexually hurting” him. A Children at…

Idaho v. Jane Doe (2021-38)  
Date: April 19, 2023
Docket Number: 49095

Justia Opinion Summary: Jane Doe appealed a district court’s decision to uphold the magistrate court’s judgment that Doe committed a battery—placing Doe within the purview of the Juvenile Corrections Act. Doe argued the magistrate court erred…

Idaho v. Pool  
Date: March 24, 2023
Docket Number: 49210

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Camille Pool pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in 2020. In May 2020, approximately two months following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Pool was sentenced at a hearing conducted over Zoom which she…

Hooley v. Idaho  
Date: March 23, 2023
Docket Number: 48846

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas Hooley appealed a district court’s summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. In 2014, Hooley was convicted of aiding and abetting aggravated battery and kidnapping in the first degree. Hooley…

Hall v. State  
Date: March 22, 2023
Docket Number: 47871

Justia Opinion Summary: Erick Hall appealed the district court’s dismissal of his successive petition for post-conviction relief regarding his death sentence, which he received for the murder of Lynn Henneman in September 2000. Hall contended…

Idaho v. Plata Iniguez  
Date: March 21, 2023
Docket Number: 48920

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers from the Boise Police Department arrested Eduardo Plata Iniguez (“Plata”) outside his home for misdemeanor driving under the influence (“DUI”) without a warrant, and without witnessing the commission of the…

Idaho v. Ogden  
Date: March 21, 2023
Docket Number: 49958

Justia Opinion Summary: Darin Ogden appealed his conviction for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. During a consensual encounter, officers searched Ogden’s vehicle outside of a business and arrested Ogden for felony…

Idaho v. Dorff  
Date: March 20, 2023
Docket Number: 48119

Justia Opinion Summary: Kirby Dorff appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained after a police drug-sniffing dog jumped onto the exterior surface of his vehicle. Dorff argued the dog’s contact with his vehicle was a…

Idaho v. Leavitt  
Date: March 10, 2023
Docket Number: 49980

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Travis Leavitt was convicted for statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl. He was 34 years old at the time of the incident. After the trial had begun, the State disclosed new evidence regarding…

Idaho v. Maahs  
Date: March 7, 2023
Docket Number: 49270

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2018, a teller working at CapEd Credit Union called the Boise Police Department to report a suspicious situation: a man came into the credit union, made a large cash deposit, exited the building, and then…

Idaho v. Singh  
Date: March 1, 2023
Docket Number: 49122

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Diwakar Singh was convicted for felony domestic violence. Prior to Singh’s trial, the State identified an error in the preliminary hearing transcript. The district court, citing its inherent authority…

Hernandez v. Idaho  
Date: February 13, 2023
Docket Number: 49161

Justia Opinion Summary: Jonathan Hernandez pled guilty to second-degree murder. He petitioned for post-conviction relief, arguing his trial counsel was ineffective for promising Hernandez he would not receive a sentence of more than ten to…

Rodriquez v. Idaho  
Date: February 10, 2023
Docket Number: 49703

Justia Opinion Summary: Jorge Rodriquez was convicted of domestic battery with traumatic injury in the presence of a child. His first trial ended with a hung jury. In the second trial, the jury found Rodriquez guilty of the charge. The district…

Idaho v. Marsh  
Date: February 8, 2023
Docket Number: 48758

Justia Opinion Summary: Wayne Marsh was detained by police after an informant reported witnessing an attempted burglary and described him to dispatch as one of the two suspects. During the investigatory detention that ensued, police discovered…

Idaho v. Cuenca  
Date: February 8, 2023
Docket Number: 49037

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to voir dire in George Cuenca’s trial for aggravated battery, taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district court ordered that everyone in the courtroom would wear masks, including witnesses.…

Idaho v. Roman-Lopez  
Date: February 8, 2023
Docket Number: 49565

Justia Opinion Summary: Gilberto Roman-Lopez was convicted by jury on two counts of sexual abuse of a child and three counts of lewd conduct with a minor. Roman-Lopez argued the Idaho Supreme Court should vacate his judgment and remand for a…

Idaho v. Greer  
Date: February 1, 2023
Docket Number: 49840

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2021, Paul Greer pleaded guilty to felony domestic battery and was sentenced to a prison term of not less than two and not more than seven years. He appealed, arguing the district court abused its discretion when it:…

Stark v. Idaho  
Date: January 30, 2023
Docket Number: 49886

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Robert Stark appealed the dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. Stark alleged his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance for failing to file a motion to suppress the contents of…

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