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State v. Barnes

Court of Appeals of Idaho

October 2, 2013

STATE OF IDAHO, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
BRADEN THOMAS BARNES, Defendant-Appellant.

UNPUBLISHED OPINION

2013 Unpublished Opinion No. 688

Appeal from the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District, State of Idaho, Ada County. Hon. Timothy L. Hansen, District Judge.

Order denying Idaho Criminal Rule 35 motion for reduction of sentence, affirmed.

Sara B. Thomas, State Appellate Public Defender; Ben Patrick McGreevy, Deputy Appellate Public Defender, Boise, for appellant.

Hon. Lawrence G. Wasden, Attorney General; Kenneth K. Jorgensen, Deputy Attorney General, Boise, for respondent.

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

PER CURIAM

Braden Thomas Barnes pled guilty to robbery, Idaho Code § 18-6501. The district court sentenced Barnes to a unified term of fifteen years, with three years determinate.[1] After Barnes completed a period of retained jurisdiction, the district court relinquished jurisdiction and executed a reduced sentence of a unified term of fifteen years, with one and one-half years determinate. Barnes filed an Idaho Criminal Rule 35 motion for reduction of his sentence, which the district court denied. Barnes appeals.

A motion for reduction of sentence under Idaho Criminal Rule 35 is essentially a plea for leniency, addressed to the sound discretion of the court. State v. Knighton, 143 Idaho 318, 319, 144 P.3d 23, 24 (2006); State v. Allbee, 115 Idaho 845, 846, 771 P.2d 66, 67 (Ct. App. 1989). In presenting a Rule 35 motion, the defendant must show that the sentence is excessive in light of new or additional information subsequently provided to the district court in support of the motion. State v. Huffman, 144 Idaho 201, 203, 159 P.3d 838, 840 (2007). Upon review of the record, including the new information submitted with Barnes' Rule 35 motion, we conclude no abuse of discretion has been shown. Therefore, the district court's order denying Barnes' Rule 35 motion is affirmed.


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