Idaho Supreme Court throws out plea in murder case

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The Idaho Supreme Court says a lower court
was correct to order a new trial for a man who said he was coerced
into pleading guilty to murder.
Trevor Booth was convicted in the 2005 shooting death of Leonard
Kellum and sentenced to between 30 years and life in prison in 3rd
District Court.
Booth's attorney told him that his best bet was to plead guilty
because if he went to trial, he'd face a mandatory life sentence.
But Booth later filed a petition for post-conviction relief, saying
his attorney misinterpreted the sentencing laws and that he was
wrong about the life sentence being mandatory.
Judge Gregory Culet agreed and ordered a new trial for Booth;
the Idaho Supreme Court upheld that ruling on Thursday.


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