RIGBY, Idaho — A district judge in eastern Idaho has denied a request for early discharge from probation for a former Jefferson County sheriff.
Blair Olsen was convicted of three felony counts of misuse of public funds last year for letting his wife use a county-paid cellphone from 2010 through 2012, according to the Post Register (http://bit.ly/2dyLIHI ).
Olsen was sentenced to three years of probation and 120 hours of community service and 15 days in jail. He has finished his community service and jail time, but still has 15 months of probation.
District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. said Thursday that Olsen’s probation term appeared to be a “moderate” sentence.
“The motion is not ripe to be granted at this time,” Watkins said. “You can revisit this motion no earlier than two years from when probation began.”
Idaho Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecutor Jason Spillman also objected to discharging Olsen from probation, but agreed that the former sheriff was not at risk to reoffend.
“Releasing him from probation now would be akin to a misdemeanor resolution,” Spillman said. “I agree that the defendant has done everything that was expected of him while he was on supervision. I don’t think that was a surprise to anyone.”
Olsen’s case is currently being appealed. The Idaho Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in December.
“I’ve had a lot of time to sit and think a lot this past year,” Olsen said. “I’ve thought about what is justified and what justice is. I believe the system has run its course and that both sides had the opportunity to present their case.”
Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com