Three sentenced in Simpson court

Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson had a full calendar Monday.

BRIAN KEITH BLACK, age 45 from Gillette, Wyo., was sentenced to at least four years and no more than nine years in the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) on a felony charge of burglary. He will pay an $800 fine, court costs of $225.50 and $36.86 restitution to WalMart.
Black was credited 120 days served on this charge.
In Black’s case, Judge Simpson had rejected the plea deal agreed to by the state and the defense.
In explaining the rejection of this plea agreement, Judge Simpson said the number of juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases worked against him.
“You are a multiple offender, with 12 felony offenses,” said Judge Simpson. “The agreement wasn’t acceptable to the offense, coupled with the fact you were on a federal release when this crime occurred.”
Black had the legal option of withdrawing his guilty plea, however, he admitted guilt and was sentenced on Monday.

WILLIAM LAWRENCE HELM, age 21 from Blackfoot, pled guilty to the charge of rape on Dec. 13, 2011. There was no plea agreement.
Defense attorney Kevin Peterson cited that Helm had mental health problems, an unstable childhood along with drug use and alcohol use.
“He’s been floundering out there,” Peterson said. “I think the rider program would be a good option."
“I understand that I did is wrong,” Helm said. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done; I need help. I’m asking for help.”“This is your first felony,” Judge Simpson said. “You had a horrible young life and your age is a concern.
“As Dr. Lindsey noted, you are a huge risk to the community,” the judge said.
Judge Simpson sentenced Helm to at least five years and no more than 20 years in the Idaho Department of Correction. Helm was fined $1,000. He must reimburse the county $1,420 for the cost of the psycho-sexual examination and pay court costs of $450.50.

JESSIE ANTONIO RAMOS, age 31 from Blackfoot, pled guilty to one count of grand theft.
“This is your sixth felony,” Judge Simpson said. “Drug court, substance abuse court and retained jurisdiction have worked for you.
“You were on felony probation when this occurred,” he said. “This is a property crime.”Judge Simpson sentenced Ramos to three years fixed and seven years indeterminate.
Ramos was fined $1,000 plus court costs of $225.50. He must reimburse the county $500 for the services of the public defender.
On his probation violation case, Ramos was sentenced to four years fixed and six indeterminate. Judge Simpson also revoked his probation.
Ramos was credited with 319 days served.
Both sentences are to run concurrently.
As of Monday, Judge Simpson, defense attorney Cindy Campbell and prosecutor Jared Ricks had not heard if Robert Dennis Duffy was accepted into Wood Court. Duffy’s case was continued to Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m.
Duffy is charged with three counts of burglary. He had entered a guilty plea on Dec. 13, 2011.