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State v. Crow

Court of Appeals of Idaho

December 31, 2013

STATE OF IDAHO, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
LAWRENCE JAMES CROW, Defendant-Appellant.

UNPUBLISHED OPINION

2013 Unpublished Opinion No. 809

Appeal from the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District, State of Idaho, Bingham County. Hon. Darren B. Simpson, District Judge.

Judgment of conviction and sentence for attempted first degree murder and accompanying order imposing fine, modified; order denying I.C.R. 35 motion for reduction of sentence, affirmed.

Sara B. Thomas, State Appellate Public Defender; Sally J. Cooley, Deputy Appellate Public Defender, Boise, for appellant.

Hon. Lawrence G. Wasden, Attorney General; John C. McKinney, Deputy Attorney General, Boise, for respondent.

MELANSON, Judge.

Lawrence James Crow appeals from his judgment of conviction and sentence for attempted first degree murder and the order imposing a fine under I.C. § 19-5307. Crow also appeals from the district court's order denying his I.C.R. 35 motion for reduction of sentence. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm Crow's term of imprisonment and the denial of the I.C.R. 35 motion, but modify the fine imposed under I.C. § 19-5307.

I. FACTS AND PROCEDURE

In July 2010, officers responded to a shooting involving Crow and his ex-girlfriend (victim). Crow and the victim dated for approximately six years and separated around one month prior to the shooting. Crow and the victim had a child together and, at the time, were sharing custody. On the day of the shooting, Crow had custody of the child (at Crow's mother's residence) and was to return the child to the victim around noon. The victim observed Crow pull into her driveway that day. However, instead of dropping off the child, Crow backed up and left. The victim indicated that normally she would have been alone, but that day her mother was at her residence. The victim later surmised Crow had seen her mother's car in the driveway and left.

A short time thereafter, the victim drove to Crow's mother's residence to pick up the child. When the victim arrived, Crow desired to talk about their relationship and the victim agreed. While talking on the front porch, the victim realized Crow had been drinking and decided to leave. The victim attempted to open the front door to retrieve her child, but found the door was locked and so she knocked. Because Crow was acting aggressively, the victim dialed 911 on her cell phone but did not send the call initially. Crow then drew a handgun from his pants and stated to the victim, "If I can't have you, no one can." Crow also stated "I got this for you" in a threating manner while pointing the gun at the victim. By this time, the front door had been unlocked by someone within the house. The victim fled into the house and dialed 911. Crow pursued her. Crow again pointed the gun into the victim's face and chest, and the victim pushed the gun away. Crow fired the gun, wounding the victim in the arm.

The victim retreated into a bathroom and locked the door. The victim heard one or two additional shots. One of these shots went through the bathroom door, although missing the victim. Crow subsequently gained entry into the bathroom. In desperation, the victim began hugging Crow, telling him that she would come back to him. Crow loosened his grip on the gun and the victim seized it and turned it over to Crow's sister. Police arrived shortly thereafter.

The state charged Crow with attempted murder in the first degree, I.C. §§ 18-4001, 18-4002, 18-4003(a), 18-4004 and 18-306; domestic battery involving traumatic injury in the presence of children, I.C. §§ 18-918(2)(a) and (b) and 18-918(4); use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, I.C. § 19-2520; and infliction of great bodily injury, I.C. § 19-2520B. Crow agreed to plead guilty to attempted first degree murder and the state agreed to dismiss the remaining charge and the enhancements. The district court imposed a unified term of fifteen years, with a minimum period of confinement of nine years. The district court also imposed ...


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