Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trial set in grand-theft case

Defendant pleads not guilty to stealing snowmobile trailer


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 8 for a Hawaii man accused of stealing a snowmobile trailer in Blaine County last May.

Shawn Paulson, 25, was arraigned on a felony grand theft charge Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. Judge Robert J. Elgee advised Paulson that the crime is punishable by up to 14 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Paulson pleaded not guilty.

He remains free on his own recognizance. Court records show a Honolulu, Hawaii, address for Paulson but indicate that he was staying in Hailey at the time of the alleged theft.

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According to court records, Paulson allegedly stole the trailer between May 18 and May 20 from a residence on Buttercup Road north of Hailey.

Paulson is represented by Hailey attorney Christopher Simms, who has argued in court that Paulson only borrowed the trailer and intended to return it.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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