Wednesday, February 16, 2011

House painter pleads guilty to stealing

Man admits to taking 9 mm pistol


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Matthew Neal Robertson

A Boise man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a Glock 9 mm pistol from a home in the mid-valley that he was hired to paint last year.

Matthew Neal Robertson, 28, admitted in 5th District Court to the felony crime of grand theft in a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which agreed to dismissal of three other counts of grand theft. Robertson was originally charged with four crimes in the theft of four handguns from the home on Desperado Drive sometime between March and June.

Robertson was charged with the crimes after the guns were found last summer in Boise, where he allegedly sold some of them to the Boise Gun Co.

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Robertson, who according to court records previously lived in Blaine County, has remained free on $5,000 bond following his arrest in September.

Judge Robert J. Elgee advised Robertson in court Monday that grand theft is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. In accord with the plea agreement, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office will recommend at sentencing, scheduled for April 4, that Robertson receive a suspended prison sentence and instead be sentenced to the Idaho Department of Correction's "rider program," under which convicted felons are offered an opportunity for rehabilitation.

Elgee further advised Robertson that by pleading guilty to a felony he relinquishes his "right to bear arms."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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