Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cocaine dealer gets 6 months in jail

Prosecutor: Bohner sold drugs while operating a taxi


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Stephen E. Bohner

A 51-year-old Hailey man was sentenced last Friday to six months in jail for selling cocaine to a Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team confidential informant.

Fifth District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee also sentenced Stephen E. Bohner to a six-year suspended prison sentence, placed him on probation for four years and ordered that he undergo drug treatment, either through Blaine County Drug Court or elsewhere.

Bohner was given credit for 105 days already spent behind bars. Elgee ordered that Bohner be allowed work release while he serves his sentence if it is approved by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.

According to court records from Bohner's sentencing hearing, he has a construction job waiting for him if allowed work release.

Bohner pleaded guilty in March to a single count of delivery of cocaine in exchange for three other felony drug crimes being dismissed. One was for a second count of delivery of cocaine and the other two were for possession of the drug.

Bohner admitted to selling cocaine to a police confidential informant on May 12, 2010.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback said at sentencing that Bohner made cocaine sales while he was a taxi operator. Fredback further said that Bohner has a "long history of drug abuse."

Elgee also presides over Blaine County Drug Court, where convicted felons are given an opportunity for rehabilitation for drug or alcohol abuse. Elgee noted in court Friday that the drug court is reticent to admit convicted drug dealers. If Bohner is not accepted into drug court, he will be required to enroll in another drug rehabilitation program as a condition of probation.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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