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Stadtmiller’s abuse sentence upheld

GRANGEVILLE – In an amended judgment of conviction, District Court Judge Michael Griffin has upheld his original 2012 sentence for a Grangeville man convicted in a felony sex abuse charge.

At a July 7 hearing, Larry Lee James Stadtmiller, 42, was ordered to serve a 3-to-9-year prison sentence on conviction of sexually abusing an 11-year-old female in 2011. Stadtmiller was credited for 926 days of jail time he has already served in this matter.

As reported in the Idaho County Free Press on May 28, Stadtmiller’s conviction was returned to District Court following a May 13 Idaho Court of Appeals opinion that the court abused its discretion in rejecting Stadtmiller’s Alford plea in its sentencing deliberations.

An Alford plea is where a defendant states he or she did not commit the offense being charged with; however, fearing more severe penalties, he or she enters a plea of guilty.

In the District Court’s first sentencing, Stadtmiller’s Alford plea was rejected based on the fact he did not admit any guilt and he had not been under the influence of intoxicating substances to the point where he did not remember the incident. The appeals court noted the applicable standard in an Alford plea is an individual accused of a crime may voluntarily, knowingly, and understandingly consent to the imposition of a prison sentence even if he is unwilling or unable to admit his participation in the acts constituting the crime.

Stadtmiller was represented by public defender Christopher Lamont. Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor handled the case.

Ruiz trial set, Godwin hearing set

GRANGEVILLE – Jury trial is set Nov. 20 for an Oregon man charged with involvement in last month’s murder of Kyle A. Anderson of Kooskia.

Ernest Ruiz III, of Eugene, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony, and is currently incarcerated in the Idaho County Jail.

The night of June 9, Ruiz is alleged to have pointed a rifle at Anderson’s girlfriend, Amanda Jones, shortly after Jason A. Godwin, 48, of Kooskia, allegedly shot Anderson once with a .380 auto handgun outside the couple’s RV on Toll Road. According to testimony at Godwin’s June 23 preliminary hearing, the incident allegedly involved guns Godwin believed Anderson had stolen.

Godwin is charged with second-degree murder and is being held in the Clearwater County Jail in Orofino. A conference hearing for Godwin is Sept. 8.


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