Idaho Prosecutor Seeks Extended Prison Time for 'Persistent Violator'

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A North-Central Idaho man, currently being held in an Idaho County jail, charged with buying $5,000 worth of power tools using a fraudulently obtained credit card, is facing the possibility of life in prison.

This week's Idaho County Free Press reports that 28-year-old Jacob Smart of Orofino has been charged with a felony count of fraud, but that's just the beginning of his problems; he's also wanted for prosecution in two other cases.

The Free Press reports that while Smart awaits an Idaho County hearing, there is also a bench warrant for failure to appear in an Asotin County, Wash., courtroom for failure to appear for sentencing following his conviction on two counts of trafficking in stolen goods and one count of second-degree theft. Additionally, the Idaho Department of Correction says Smart has violated his parole for a 2010 conviction on charges of burglary, grand theft and petit theft.

And now the Idaho County prosecutor is seeking a "persistent violator penalty enhancement," which if proved to a jury, could tack on a minimum of five years up to life in prison on Smart's sentence.