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Former Idaho legislator asks to delay sentencing for rape charge

By: - July 19, 2022 4:16 pm
Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger in court

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, has requested that his sentencing for a felony rape charge scheduled on July 28 be delayed pending his request for a new trial and other motions before the court. (Bryan Myrick/Idaho Press)

Former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, has requested that his sentencing for a felony rape charge scheduled on July 28 be delayed pending his request for a new trial and other motions before the court.

Von Ehlinger’s attorney, Jon Cox, filed the motion to delay sentencing on Monday.

“This motion is based on the fact that defense counsel has several motions pending in this matter. The defendant respectfully requests that the sentencing hearing be set on future date pending the outcome of these motions,” Cox wrote.

A jury found von Ehlinger guilty of rape at the end of April, and not guilty on a charge of forcible penetration with a foreign object. The charges were related to a night in March 2021 when von Ehlinger, then 39, took a 19-year-old legislative intern to dinner, then back to his apartment, where the former intern said he forced her to perform oral sex and inserted his fingers inside of her without her consent. Under Idaho Code, he faces between one year and life in prison for the crime.

Von Ehlinger filed a motion seeking a new trial or acquittal two weeks after the verdict, and also requested a jury transcript. According to the Idaho Statesman, von Ehlinger said he could not afford to pay for the transcript and asked Ada County to pick up the tab, which is estimated to be $2,773.

Cox, said in the motion for a new trial that a transcript of the four-day trial would show evidence was insufficient to sustain a conviction, that there was error regarding statutory and constitutional grounds during the trial, and that the verdict was contrary to the law or evidence.

Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon scheduled a hearing on the motion to delay sentencing for 9 a.m. July 25.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

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