Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Prison inmate gets 4 more years

Final sentencing occurs from 2007 major drug bust

Express Staff Writer

Jorge Flores-Quintana

An inmate at the Idaho State Penitentiary had four more years added to his time behind bars on Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court.

Jorge Flores-Quintana, a 33-year-old former Blaine County man, is already serving time for convictions of drug dealing, escape and illegal entry to the United States. Judge Robert J. Elgee gave him another four years, two fixed and two indeterminate, for selling methamphetamine in Sun Valley in 2006.

Flores-Quintana is the final suspect to face justice from a major Blaine County drug bust in April 2007. Eleven of 13 suspects, later indicted by a Blaine County grand jury, were sentenced to prison or jail time. One man got probation and charges were dismissed against another defendant, the only woman charged.

Flores-Quintana's case was delayed because he was already serving prison time when the grand jury indictments were issued. Further delays occurred because of logistics in bringing him from the penitentiary to Blaine County.

"I know I did what I did and it was totally wrong and I'm sorry," said Flores-Quintana, who required the services of a Spanish-speaking interpreter but spoke on his own behalf to the court in easy-to-understand English.

Public defender Christopher Simms introduced letters, some of them from the defendant's family in Mexico, that Simms said are "supporting that Jorge is not a bad man."

Flores-Quintana is the older brother of Gustavo Flores-Quintana, a 30-year-old former Hailey man who was murdered execution style last November near the Big Wood River north of Gooding. Gustavo Flores-Quintana had no prior drug arrests or convictions, but the Gooding County Sheriff's Office determined he was murdered in a "drug deal gone bad."

Two of Jorge Flores-Quintana's earlier convictions come from Gooding County. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison from a drug dealing arrest in 1999 and to four more years in prison in 2007 for escape.

He also faces two additional years behind bars for illegal entry into the country.

Elgee said Flores-Quintana's sentence from Blaine County will not start until the earlier sentences are satisfied.

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