Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Man gets prison sentence in Magic Reservoir death

Defendant to serve at least one year in penitentiary


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A 20-year-old Bellevue man has been sentenced to prison for causing the death last summer of a Ketchum man at Magic Reservoir.
    Sentence for Steven Tyler Jameson on a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter was pronounced on June 3 by Judge Robert Elgee in Blaine County 5th District Court. Elgee gave Jameson a two-year fixed prison sentence to be followed by a four-and-a-half-year indeterminate sentence, when Jameson will be eligible for parole.
    Jameson was given credit for one year already spent in jail, following his arrest on June 2, 2012. The credited time means that Jameson will have to spend at least one year in the penitentiary.
    His sentence was incorrectly described in the June 5 edition of the Times-News in Twin Falls.
    Jameson pleaded guilty to the crime in April. At that time he also pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor crimes of failing to give immediate notice of an accident and driving without a license.
    He was sentenced to 180 days jail time on both of the misdemeanor convictions. However, Elgee ruled that those sentences can be served concurrently with the prison sentence for the manslaughter conviction.
    The accident that led to the charges occurred on the afternoon of June 2, 2012, on the west side of the Poison Creek inlet on the north side of Magic Reservoir. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office reported earlier that about a dozen people were at a gathering when Jameson backed a vehicle into Stephen Ray Franco, a 26-year-old Ketchum man, knocking him off a cliff.
    Franco fell about 20 feet, landed on a rock and suffered head and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead later that day at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.




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