Friday, December 7, 2012

Jail ordered in felony domestic case

Judge declines to put defendant in state ‘rider program’


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Larry E. Richardson

A 52-year-old Burley man has been sentenced to six weeks in jail for felony domestic battery.

Larry E. Richardson, who was found guilty by a Blaine County jury in September, was also given a five-year suspended prison sentence at a sentencing hearing held Wednesday in Blaine County 5th District court. Judge Robert Elgee also placed Richardson on probation for three years.

The Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommended a sentence of up to six months with the Idaho Department of Correction “rider program,” through which convicted felons are given an opportunity for rehabilitation.

Richardson was charged with the crime for breaking his ex-wife’s nose during a domestic dispute at the woman’s home in Bellevue on the morning of Jan. 21. According to court records, the couple was divorced in 2011 but Richardson was living at the home at the time of the altercation.

The guilty verdict for Richardson came at the conclusion of a two-day trial on Sept. 12-13. The same jury acquitted Richardson of a misdemeanor charge of intentional interference with a 911 emergency call.

Elgee ordered that Richardson can serve his jail sentence in one-week increments for six months at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center in Burley. The judge further ordered that Richardson be allowed work release while incarcerated.


Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com

 




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