Mountain Express: Plea Deals in School Weapon, Sex Crime Trials


This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that plea deals in two high-profile criminal cases have resulted in guilty pleas to lesser charges.

In one case, 18-year-old Colton Turner, a former senior at Hailey's Silver Creek High School, saw two of three charges dropped after he was accused of having a weapon at school and accessing bomb-making websites on a school computer. Turner, of Ketchum, was jailed April 4 after police said he violated his probation on an earlier charge and carried a flare gun into school. Turner agreed to plead guilty June 19 to possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed on probation for two years. His 76-day jail sentence was suspended, though he reamins behind bars for violating his probation in connection with a previous grand theft conviction.

In another court case, the Mountain Express reports that a local actor, 31-year-old Dawson Howard, had one felony sex crime dropped but agreed to plea guilty to a felony offense of sexual abuse of a child. Howard had appeared in numerous theatrical productions in the Wood River Valley. He faces a possibility of up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Monday, Aug. 19.