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State v. Liljenquist

Court of Appeals of Idaho

June 26, 2013

STATE OF IDAHO, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
MICHAEL R. LILJENQUIST, Defendant-Appellant.

UNPUBLISHED OPINION

2013 Unpublished Opinion No. 553

Appeal from the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District, State of Idaho, Bonneville County. Hon. Peter D. McDermott, District Judge.

Order revoking probation and requiring execution of unified ten-year sentence with two-year determinate term for assault with intent to commit rape, affirmed.

Sara B. Thomas, State Appellate Public Defender; Shawn F. Wilkerson, Deputy Appellate Public Defender, Boise, for appellant.

Hon. Lawrence G. Wasden, Attorney General; Lori A. Fleming, Deputy Attorney General, Boise, for respondent.

Before GUTIERREZ, Chief Judge; GRATTON, Judge; and MELANSON, Judge

PER CURIAM

Michael R. Liljenquist pled guilty to assault with intent to commit rape. Idaho Code §§ 18-909, 18-910. The district court withheld judgment and placed Liljenquist on supervised probation for a period of five years. Subsequently, Liljenquist admitted to violating several terms of the probation, and the district court consequently revoked probation and the withheld judgment, and imposed a unified ten-year sentence with a two-year determinate term and retained jurisdiction. After a period of retained jurisdiction, the district court suspended the sentence and placed Liljenquist on supervised probation for seven years. A few months later, Liljenquist again admitted to violating several terms of the probation, and the district court revoked probation and ordered execution of the original sentence. Liljenquist filed an Idaho Criminal Rule 35 motion for a reduction of sentence, which the district court denied. Liljenquist appeals, contending that the district court abused its discretion in revoking probation and failing to sua sponte reduce his underlying sentence.

It is within the trial court's discretion to revoke probation if any of the terms and conditions of the probation have been violated. I.C. §§ 19-2603, 20-222; State v. Beckett, 122 Idaho 324, 325, 834 P.2d 326, 327 (Ct. App. 1992); State v. Adams, 115 Idaho 1053, 1054, 772 P.2d 260, 261 (Ct. App. 1989); State v. Hass, 114 Idaho 554, 558, 758 P.2d 713, 717 (Ct. App. 1988). In determining whether to revoke probation, a court must examine whether the probation is achieving the goal of rehabilitation and consistent with the protection of society. State v. Upton, 127 Idaho 274, 275, 899 P.2d 984, 985 (Ct. App. 1995); Beckett, 122 Idaho at 325, 834 P.2d at 327; Hass, 114 Idaho at 558, 758 P.2d at 717. The court may, after a probation violation has been established, order that the suspended sentence be executed or, in the alternative, the court is authorized under Idaho Criminal Rule 35 to reduce the sentence. Beckett, 122 Idaho at 325, 834 P.2d at 327; State v. Marks, 116 Idaho 976, 977, 783 P.2d 315, 316 (Ct. App. 1989). The court may also order a period of retained jurisdiction. State v. Urrabazo, 150 Idaho 158, 162, 244 P.3d 1244, 1248 (2010). A decision to revoke probation will be disturbed on appeal only upon a showing that the trial court abused its discretion. Beckett, 122 Idaho at 325, 834 P.2d at 327. In reviewing the propriety of a probation revocation, the focus of the inquiry is the conduct underlying the trial court's decision to revoke probation. State v. Morgan, 153 Idaho 618, 621, 288 P.3d 835, 838 (Ct. App. 2012). Thus, this Court will consider the elements of the record before the trial court that are properly made part of the record on appeal and are relevant to the defendant's contention that the trial court should have reduced the sentence sua sponte upon revocation of probation. Id.

Sentencing is also a matter for the trial court's discretion. Both our standard of review and the factors to be considered in evaluating the reasonableness of a sentence are well established and need not be repeated here. See State v. Hernandez, 121 Idaho 114, 117-18, 822 P.2d 1011, 1014-15 (Ct. App. 1991); State v. Lopez, 106 Idaho 447, 449-51, 680 P.2d 869, 871-73 (Ct. App. 1984); State v. Toohill, 103 Idaho 565, 568, 650 P.2d 707, 710 (Ct. App. 1982). When reviewing the length of a sentence, we consider the defendant's entire sentence. State v. Oliver, 144 Idaho 722, 726, 170 P.3d 387, 391 (2007).

When we review a sentence that is ordered into execution following a period of probation, we will examine the entire record encompassing events before and after the original judgment. State v. Hanington, 148 Idaho 26, 29, 218 P.3d 5, 8 (Ct. App. 2009). We base our review upon the facts existing when the sentence was imposed as well as events occurring between the original sentencing and the revocation of the probation. Id.

Applying the foregoing standards, and having reviewed the record in this case, we cannot say that the district court abused its discretion either in revoking probation or in ordering execution of Liljenquist's original sentence without modification. Therefore, the order revoking probation and directing execution of Liljenquist's previously suspended sentence is affirmed.


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