Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trial set in pot case

Hailey man pleads not guilty to 3 felony counts


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Frank Vincent Shields

A Hailey man accused of selling marijuana on three occasions earlier this year to an Idaho State Police confidential informant pleaded not guilty Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court.

The pleas came about during arraignment proceedings for 29-year-old Frank Vincent Shields, who is charged with three felony counts of delivery of marijuana. Judge Robert J. Elgee advised Shields that each charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Shields' public defender, Hailey attorney Christopher Simms, requested a jury trial, which Elgee scheduled for March 15. The trial is expected to last three days.

Shields remains free on $5,000 bond.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by ISP Detective Richard Garcia accuses Shields of making quarter-pound marijuana sales to the confidential informant in April, May and June. Each purchase was for $1,200.

A 28-year-old Sun Valley woman is accused of participating in the sale in June for allegedly bringing the marijuana to Shields to sell in the parking lot at Mountainview Grocery in southern Ketchum.

Cynthia Hamilton Wilson is charged with a single felony count of delivery of marijuana. A preliminary hearing in her case is scheduled for Dec. 1 before Blaine County Magistrate Judge R. Ted Israel. Wilson is currently free on $5,000 bond.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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