Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Agreement reached in cocaine case

Bohner pleads guilty to delivery; 3 other felonies dismissed


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Stephen E. Bohner

A 51-year-old Hailey man pleaded guilty Monday to delivery of cocaine in exchange for dismissal of three other drug-related felonies.

Stephen E. Bohner entered his guilty plea in Blaine County 5th District Court. He admitted to selling cocaine on May 12 to "a young lady" who was a confidential informant for the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

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In exchange for the guilty plea, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback said, a second count of delivery of cocaine and two counts of felony possession of cocaine would be dismissed.

Sentencing was set for May 2. Fredback said that in accord with the plea agreement, the prosecutor's office will recommend that Bohner receive a six-year suspended prison sentence, be placed on probation for a period to be determined by the court and be admitted into Blaine County Drug Court, where defendants are given a chance at rehabilitation from drug or alcohol abuse.

Delivery of cocaine is punishable by up to life in prison.

Bohner remains incarcerated in the Blaine County jail on $25,000 bond. He is represented by the Roark Law Firm of Hailey through the firm's public defender contract with Blaine County.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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