Friday, June 3, 2011

Jail time ordered in marijuana case

Sun Valley woman reaches agreement to get her car back

Express Staff Writer

Cynthia Hamilton Wilson

A 28-year-old Sun Valley woman was sentenced Tuesday to six days in jail for a felony marijuana conviction, and has agreed to pay more than $9,000 in fines, fees and restitution. Through a settlement, she will get back her car, which was confiscated by police.

Cynthia Hamilton Wilson was also given a withheld judgment at sentencing before Blaine County 5th District Judge Robert J. Elgee, which provides that the felony conviction can be removed from her criminal record upon successful completion of probation.

Wilson was ordered to serve her jail time within the next 60 days. She was given credit for one day spent behind bars following her arrest on Sept. 16, 2010.

Wilson was originally charged with felony distribution of marijuana for her alleged involvement in the sale of a quarter pound of marijuana to an Idaho State Police confidential informant in Ketchum on June 30, 2010. In April, Wilson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony possession of marijuana.


Following Wilson's arrest, ISP confiscated her vehicle, a 2006 Acura MDX, and filed a civil lawsuit seeking forfeiture of the vehicle on the grounds that it was used in an illicit drug transaction.

Elgee on Tuesday also accepted a settlement in the civil case, wherein Wilson agreed to pay police investigative agencies $5,000, with $2,500 going to ISP and another $2,500 going to the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team. Once that is paid, Elgee ordered that the vehicle be released. Wilson further agreed to relinquish $145 in cash that was confiscated along with the vehicle.

In the criminal case, Wilson was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $265.50 in court costs and $2,915 in restitution to ISP and the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.

Elgee placed Wilson on supervised probation for 18 months and ordered her to attend and complete a substance-abuse adult education program and to provide 100 hours of community service.

Wilson was represented by Ketchum attorney Andrew Parnes.

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