Bingham Memorial Hospital CEO Enters Alford Plea For Stalking


By Paul Johnson

Blackfoot, Idaho – ( KIFI-TV ) - Bingham Memorial CEO Louis Kraml entered an Alford plea for stalking in the second degree, a misdemeanor, at the Bingham Memorial Courthouse on Friday.
The charge comes as a result of allegations about mismanagement of the hospital.
An Alford plea means he is not admitting guilt, but the judge will see him as guilty.
He could face a $1,000 maximum fine, 100 hours of community service and 30 to 60 days in jail.

According to the Idaho Attorney Generals office, prior to Kraml’s plea entry, the Seventh District Court unsealed indictments which were handed down by the Bingham County Grand Jury on June 19, 2013. The indictments charged Kraml, and former hospital Information Technology Department employees Jack York, Chris Behunin and Tyler Lassen, with various violations of the Idaho wiretap statute. According to the indictments, the defendants intercepted and recorded phone calls made by and to former hospital doctor Robert Rosin and his staff between June 2009 and August 2010.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the Office of the Attorney General, acting as Special Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney, filed an amended indictment today charging Kraml with stalking in the second degree. District Judge David Nye sentenced Kraml to: 30 days in jail, one year on probation and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. The court suspended the jail sentence and entered a withheld judgment.

Despite several attempts, authorities were unable to serve a summons upon Mr. York and he did not appear in court today. As a result, the Court issued a warrant for York’s arrest, at the request of Deputy Attorney General Jason Spillman.

The Attorney General’s Office dismissed the cases against Behunin and Lassen, noting that although there was evidence Behunin and Lassen violated the statute, the investigation revealed they were acting solely as directed by their superiors and they cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s investigation.

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