Friday, March 18, 2011

Policemanís son sent to jail

Kassner gets 30 days behind bars for petit theft


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

James Logan Kassner

The son of a Ketchum police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail for illegally using his father's credit card number.

James Logan Kassner, 19, was given credit for five days already spent in jail following his arrest by Hailey police in November. Kassner is the son of Ketchum police Sgt. Dave Kassner, who filed a complaint with the Hailey Police Department after he found unauthorized charges on his VISA card account.

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According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Hailey Lt. Steve England, the case was investigated by Hailey police because James Kassner was living with a friend in Hailey when the crime occurred. England wrote in the report that James Kassner used his father's credit card to buy more than $2,000 in computer equipment and software.

James Kassner was originally charged with the felony crime of "fraud—criminal possession of a financial transaction card or number to purchase goods or services." The crime was reduced to a misdemeanor in January when James Kassner, in accord with a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, pleaded guilty to petit theft.

Sentence was pronounced by Magistrate Court Judge Jason Walker, who also placed Kassner on two years supervised probation. As a condition of probation, Kassner was ordered to attend mental health classes, graduate from high school and stay on his prescribed medication.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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