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Monday, a busy day for area courtrooms

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Twin Falls, Idaho - After previously admitting to committing assault, Jerome resident James P Cooke learned his fate Monday, in a Twin Falls courtroom.

Cooke had pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault which occurred back in November of 2009; he was sentenced to 180 days of retrained jurisdiction in Cottonwood.

He was also ordered to pay court costs and to have no contact with the victim.

Meanwhile another Magic Valley resident also learned his fate; Keith James Lott was sentenced on rape and burglary charges.

Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker sentenced him to five years fixed in the state pen; he must also pay court costs and be required to register as a sex offender.

Also Monday, 25 year old Nathaniel Thomas was sentenced on drug trafficking charges; back in January police discovered a meth lab in the home that he was sharing with his wife.

He has been sentenced to two years fixed in the state pen with 8 indeterminate; he was also ordered to pay a ten thousand dollar fine and pay for the clean up that occurred when the meth lab was taken down.

Meanwhile, a magistrate has found there is sufficient evidence to bind over a Jerome resident for trial in district court; 20-year old Irwin Ryan Adams will be arraigned in Jerome County Fifth District Court later this month on one count of vehicular manslaughter.

Adams is accused of a high speed accident resulting in the death of 19-year old Allen Larsen; earlier Adams was ordered to not have contact with 4 witnesses in the case.


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