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Katseanes sentenced to overnight jail stay, probation

January 6, 2011

Tyson Katseanes, left, sits next to his attorney Brian Goates as his father, Jeff, watches the proceedings Wednesday. Katseanes pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery.

BLACKFOOT — Magistrate Judge Charles Roos sentenced the first of the five individuals charged from incidents stemming from criminal activities that occurred last year while the five were athletes on the basketball team at Blackfoot High School.
Tyson Katseanes entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor battery Thursday morning. Roos sentenced Katseanes to 30 days suspended jail and one overnight stay in the Bingham County jail. The 30 days in jail will be withheld if Katseanes abides by the terms and conditions of the agreement.
Katseanes was also sentenced to six months probation, 40 hours of community service and must pay court costs and a $100 fine.
Katseanes can appeal Roos decision within 42 days. If Katseanes does not violate the law within the next year, the record will show the charge as dismissed.
The four remaining defendants will appear in court before Roos Feb. 1 if agreements cannot be reached in their cases.


Idaho State Judiciary -

January 9, 2011 by Truman, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 283

State of Idaho vs. Tyson W Katseanes, etal.
Case: CR-2010-0010612
12/02/2010 I18-6608 Sexual Penetration-Forcible by Use of Foreign Object
State of Idaho vs. Tyson W Katseanes, etal.
Case: CR-2010-0010605
12/02/2009 I18-2901 False Imprisonment
12/02/2009 I18-2901 False Imprisonment
12/02/2009 I18-204 {M} Aid & Abet
Now you know, you can look the charges up on

Public Record

January 9, 2011 by justice, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 284

I also have looked at the public record and if you look at it you see yet another problem with the prosecuters office. Tyson James Katseanes is the son of Jeff and Judy Katseanes. Must be another Tyson Katsenaes out there. Poor kid got charged for someone else's crimes. Can you say law suit! Tyson James Katseanes could be Idaho's youngest millionare. LOL

You can read the court record.

January 8, 2011 by Truman, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 282

If you want to know what is on the court record you can get a copy of the record from the court clerk at the Bingham County Court and then you all will know what is and is not FACT in this case. All court records are a matter of public record, you may have to pay a little money for the printing of the document. If you really want to know the truth the cost you have to pay for the court record will be cheap.

The Law

January 7, 2011 by Trisha, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 268

Isn't this the same prosecutor, the cause all the commotion on the nurse last year accusing her of killing her grandmother?

Just Maybe

January 6, 2011 by BLKFTRES, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 266

Lots of opinions lots of comments. Many seem to know everything but yet know nothing. For those of you who have cast stones and judgement I hope your glass house windows are not broken. We can all find ourselves in a situation from time to time that could cause us trouble. I hope something like this does not happen to you. Lets just say you are present during a crime being committed. Lets just say someone thinks you were there. Lets just say you did nothing to help the victim. Lets just say the victim has done the same thing to you. Neither one of you thought or realized it was against the law. Now lets say afterward a federal case was made of it and you are now on trial. Do you have the money to defend yourself in court ? Do you have the mental strength to go through the process. At what point is enough going to be enough for you ? Lets just say when you wake up you see your name on front of paper and on Top News story on TV and Internet. Just maybe it happens at Christmas time and ends up being a holiday you cannot forget but would like to. Lets just say nobody heres your side of the story. You are not interviewed by those charging and prosecuting you. Lets just say everywhere you go people are talking about you. You see your family going through so much pain and suffering. Lets just say your future seems very dim due to having been associated with this. I am not sure about you but JUST MAYBE you would have done just as Tyson did. Plead guilty to something he may have got totally off on. Given the circumstances for all involved he has had enough. Lots of money, time, energy,tears,worry,rumors,accusations, and ridicule. JUST MAYBE Tyson want this all behind him. JUST MAYBE you would to. Judge not lest ye be judged. I hope you never have to walk in those shoes..Never say you never will...JUST MAYBE you wont.

Katseanes have class

January 6, 2011 by bodiddly (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 262

I would like to compliment the Katseanes family for the class they have displayed during this case. Of course they support their son and probably feel this was all over done. However, they chose to remain silent when the others have read all this and joined in. I believe the attorneys for Chidester and Walker have done them more a disservice by making their points so vocal to the community and portrayed their clients as being picked on. The sentencing to Tyson Katseanes is fair and I am confident he will pay his price without a problem. The other families will only be better by learning from how they have conducted themselves. Tyson will even have this dismissed. Congratulations.

good job Tyson

January 6, 2011 by marieosmond (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 263

Sincerely, thanks for taking responsibility for your actions, you seem to be the only one so far who has done so. I agree that the Kats have class.

They really showed him a

January 6, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 257

They really showed him a lesson- so he has to sleep one night in jail, do a mere 40 hrs of comm. service and pay a huge $100 fine? And if he can stay out of trouble for a year then his record will look as if he never did anything? Our "justice" system here in blackfoot looks like a bigger joke every day. Maybe the boys that actually shoved things up the butts of the victims will get 2 whole nights in jail! I'm sure their records will appear clean if they mind their manners for the next year also. Way to push the easy button prosecutors- you make me sick.

A Lifelong Lesson

January 7, 2011 by athletesmom, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 274

The sentence handed down by Judge Roos against Tyson was fair and just. Tyson is guilty of witnessing heinous acts committed against teammate(s) and not stopping them, nor reporting them.

Something to consider....let's say Tyson tried to stop it....using physical force if necessary- and I DO FIRMLY believe that's exactly what he would have had to resort to...I GUARANTEE you he would IMMEDIATELY have been suspended from school, and suspended from the the basketball team as well, while the rest of the wrong-doing "was under investigation". If any of you think SD 55 is lax in policy, I GUARANTEE you they are NOT.

I have read several posts questioning Superintendent Scott Crane- how he supposedly "weaseled his way to his position". I know nothing about these allegations and won't comment. WHAT I DO KNOW is that Scott Crane adheres to district policy 100% PERIOD. He DOES NOT allow his judgment to be clouded by any gray area; he does NOT bend the rules for any student or SD 55 employee...District 55 policy is policy, and consequences for actions outlined in policy are STRICTLY ADHERED TO. NO EXCEPTIONS. Dr. Crane and the school board were 100% justified in suspending Coach Jonathon Packer, and I guarantee you, action by SD 55 would have been taken against Tyson Katseanes had he resorted to physical force for trying to stop the heinous acts against his basketball teammate(s). Tyson KNEW he was in a lose-lose situation.

Bullying of any sort within schools or sports programs cannot- nor should not- be tolerated within any school district. However, if a student intervenes; even resorting to physical force if necessary to protect a victim; he/she should be given consideration before automatic suspension sets in. And yes...this a HUGE gray area that could definitely be abused. Any student that intervenes in such a manner subjects him/herself to grave consequences for his/her actions. Students, if justified, (and yes he/she would have to prove to school authorities actions taken, which would be grueling) should be protected for standing up for what is right. This is the absolute heart or the matter, that demands attention of SD 55 policy; and for that matter, every school district in ID. Because of what happened at BHS, I expect in this aftermath, that all school districts in ID will examine and amend district bullying policies.

Tyson made the grave mistake of NOT stopping the acts he witnessed. He, at the time the allegations surfaced, was the sole local person named; with exception of the accused perpetrator still at BHS- a minor- and Tyson cooperated 100% with law enforcement. He did the right pleading to a misdemeanor battery charge. He is not guilty of battery; he is guilty of being party to these heinous acts and not stopping them. He acknowledges to society that he did wrong, and pleaded guilty to charge beyond his wrong-doing. How many of you would do that?

Tyson and his family have suffered greatly. His sister and her husband had their 2nd son born prematurely this past week- no doubt due to the stress. The baby is struggling- born before his time. It will take YEARS for Tyson to feel comfortable within the Blackfoot community he and his family have been part of and love- where both his parents were raised in. Tyson's dad has given countless hours coaching little-league football, baseball, and basketball. I've known Tyson and his family since my family moved to Blackfoot in 1993. Anyone that thinks they haven't suffered are dead-wrong. I publicly praise the Katseanes family for their poise and demeanor in all thid legal mess, and in the court of public opinion which has run a muck.

I humbly and assuredly acknowledge the victim(s) in this case. I KNOW the principle victim, and KNOW AND LOVE his family. NEVER would I try to minimize what took place. I pray they can forgive Tyson, and feel justice was served in his regard. I cannot comment on the other perpetrators even though I know them- but I do hope justice be served upon them as deemed by Judge Roos. Irregardless of the sentences imposed on the other perpetrators....public opinion has damaged Blackfoot High School and SD 55 as a whole for probably decades.

In closing, Tyson's sentence was just and fair; and I pray the family members can again hold their head high. They truly are a class act and will serve Blackfoot as they always have.

Very well stated. You are

January 7, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 275

Very well stated. You are right with reguards to Tyson. If his only crime was that he witnessed this, then he did receive a fair and just sentence. I do believe you are right when you stated he would have been suspended if he had to use physical force to stop the others from doing what they did. However, you are wrong about how things are handled by upper admin in this district. There is so much bending over backwards for "the good 'ol boys" it makes me sick! If you are the right sex (and the right religion also helps) in this district then you are treated different-- point blank. I've seen it happen time and time again. I've watch things swept under the rug that shouldn't have been and things that were minuet be blown way out of perportion because of who was involved. There is a big double standard in this district and if you think otherwise you are gravely mistaken!


January 6, 2011 by BLKFTRES, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 267

If you knew what your were talking about and not just what you have read or heard you would know this. Prosecution did not push the easy button. Prosecution pushed the ONLY button. Did not have enough evidence for felony charges that is pretty obvious. Judge decided the case. Tyson was least of Prosecutions worry he had the least charges and only one to be sentenced to anything. You seem to have lots of opinions with 257 posts. I hope your better informed on other subjects than you appear to be this one and the law.

Lets set the record straight

January 7, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 270

Lets set the record straight here, I have not made 257 posts! Maybe like 6-8 (big difference!!). I never said that Tyson deserved more of a punishment either. I said the co. pros. took the easy way out of this one, and they did. Aside from the feloney they originally brought against him he was facing 5 other charges of battery, aid&bet and false imprisionment. To be facing a slew of charges and walk away with what he did was a gift. Espically to be able to have this wiped from your record if your a good boy! I bet there are many people out there that have faced hard circumstances that maybe they weren't totally at fault for, maybe even been falsely accused of something and yet they have to live with it on their record. So should he be greatful- absolutely! And yes, his family is a classy family, but this young man (aside from this situation) has not been the poster child of class throughout his high school career. That's not to say that he's not a good kid, just maybe got caught up in the wrong crowd of boys, but he is not without fault in this. Don't try to twist my words- this whole situation is bad enough without posters like you doing that for your own gratification.

Lets do set the record straight

January 8, 2011 by BLKFTRES, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 280

I had never posted here so I read 257 and now see 270. I now understand that is not your posts but total posts. I am wrong you are right there is a big difference. That being said that is the only thing you said that is right. Whoever you are you are misinformed I can assure you. Not one fact that you think is right is. Tyson was not charge with a slew of charges and a felony. I took many math classes and have looked up slew and have not seen it associated with a number anywhere. My question is a slew one,two, three, four or more. Honest question I do not know. I however know exactly what Tyson was charged with. I know exactly how many charges he had and what they were for. I also know exactly why. Knowing what I know I would say there is a good chance Tyson could have walked away with nothing. I would encourage you to venture out into the Metropolis of Blackfoot and purchase a Post Register newspaper. I am not a fan but will say they did a commendable job in reporting the facts in this case. Perhaps after reading todays issue it will make you feel better about how things were handled. It bothers me that there are folks out there like you that really are misinformed and act like they know something. It seems like the minority voice is heard all the time and the majority keeps quiet. I am tired of misinformed people running off with ideas and mouths and poeple just like you believing second and third hand opinions. Just exactly what is tearing this community apart. This is not and never was about Tyson. I dont have enough time or patience to explain to you what has happened. All I can say is you are misinformed. Prosecutor didnt push the easy button. Once again he pushed the only button. Judge Roos decided and will decide the fate of the rest. He seems just and fair in my opinion. Boys will learn lessons hopefully and be able to contribute to society instead of being a drain on it. By the way we all are given 1 Withheld judgement in our lifetime. Tyson has used his and I am sure that he will learn and be better from it.

I Encourage Everyone

January 7, 2011 by truthsayer (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 279

I encourage everyone who has the best interest of the boys involved in this case, to stand back and let these hateful people continue to show who they are, show their ignorance and disrespect. Let them show their wrong-headed unsubstantiated hatred. Let them continue to spew vitriol at their adversary, that being truth and facts, publicly aired truth they continue to ignore for their own bent.

As we sit back and wonder how this could have possibly come about, we need only read their unfounded accusations and refusal to acknowledge facts. Do not respond to them anymore!

By the way, I think that Melanie and the Morning News are now "on top" of the truth here.


January 10, 2011 by Really... (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 285

Good idea truthsayer- you and the rest of the family of the boys accused shouldn't keep trying to defend them on here. Afterall what they are telling you at home I'm sure is the truth, because these are just poor misunderstood boys who are on record as having held down a teamate and used force to violate them. It was a joke right? Well unfortunatly the victims aren't laughing.
Sad thing is- the re unjustice hasn't even begun! That will happen when you all decide to sue the county, school district and whoever you feel did your kid wrong. Let me say this: just because the charges were amended doesn't mean the boys didn't do wrong! Of course some were at fault way more than others who may have just observed, but wrong is still wrong! Or do you not teach your children that?

Will do

January 8, 2011 by lilfav (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 281

I agree. It is nothing but a waist of time.

No kidding...

January 6, 2011 by wally, 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 259


I totally agree with you!

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