Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Man admits to cocaine, theft charges

Guilty plea offered in accord with plea bargain

Express Staff Writer

Richard M. Livingston

A 19-year-old Hailey man pleaded guilty to felony cocaine and grand theft charges Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court.

Richard M. Livingston admitted to the crimes of aiding and abetting distribution of cocaine and grand theft by possession of stolen property in accord with a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback said he will recommend at sentencing that Livingston receive a six-year suspended prison sentence and be placed in the Idaho Department of Correction "rider program," under which convicted felons are given an opportunity at rehabilitation. "Rider" sentences can be up to one year and are typically served at the North Idaho Correctional Facility in Cottonwood.

The cocaine charge stems from a drug sale Livingston admitted to arranging between another person and a Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team confidential informant in Hailey in September. On the grand theft charge, Livingston acknowledged that he had possessed a shotgun that he knew had been stolen in April 2010 from a storage trailer in the West Glendale Road area.

"I just decided to own up to my responsibilities," Livingston told the court when asked why he was pleading guilty.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 6. Livingston remains free on $30,000 bond.

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