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Pair of defendants get new hearing dates

October 23, 2012

Monday was law and motion day in the Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson's courtroom in Blackfoot.
Defendant Lawrence James Crow, age 25, was to appear before Simpson with a Rule 35 request.
Rule 35 is used by defendants to request a correction or reduction of a sentence.
Crow was transported to Idaho Department of Correction in Boise and was unable to attend his hearing on Monday.
Crow's hearing was continued to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, when he will be able to attend his hearing.
Crow was sentenced in May 2012 for attempted murder. Crow was sentenced to at least nine years and not more than 15 years in the Idaho Department of Correction for the charge of attempted murder in the first degree.
Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson also fined Crow $3,000. Crow also must pay court costs totaling $225.50 and was assessed a civil fine of $5,000 on behalf of the victim.
Crow was arrested July 22, 2010, and charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of battery--domestic violence. On that date, the Bingham County Sheriff's Office and Blackfoot Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the Groveland area. After arriving, officers learned of a gunshot victim with a wound to the lower left arm.
Defendant Kenny Carl Struhs appeared before Judge Simpson. His defense attorney, John Souza, requested an accident reconstructionist.
Prosecuting Attorney Scott Andrew said an accident with vehicle and motorcycle complicates the reconstruction of the accident. He agreed that an accident reconstructionist would be helpful.
Andrew suggested the county pay for the accident reconstructionist subject to reimbursement.
Judge Simpson approved an accident reconstructionist and order that a financial affidavit of Struhs last year's tax returns be filed under seal.
Simpson set a ceiling of payment for an accident deconstructionist at $1,000.
Struhs has been charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Both are felonies. In August, the Blackfoot Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in the area of East Harmony and Rich Lane. Brent J. Hansen, 36 years of age, of Blackfoot died as a result of the accident.
A 6-year old female was injured in the accident and was transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital. Hansen was transported to EIRMC where he succumbed to his injuries. Hansen and passenger were on a motorcycle which collided with a vehicle operated by Kenny C. Struhs, 41 years of age.
Struhs is currently incarcerated in the Bingham County Jail. His bail is set at $250,000.
A jury trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, before Judge Simpson.

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