The Idaho Court of Appeals upheld the sentence of a local man sent into the retained jurisdiction program after twice failing to register as a sex offender and twice violating his probation.
Troy Gordon Harris was first charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender in February of 2009. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced in June of that year to two years fixed and three years indeterminate. Sixth District Judge David Nye suspended the sentence and place Harris on four years probation.
But in July of that year, he was hit with a new charge of felony failure to register as a sex offender. He also received a probation violation in the original case charging him with picking up a new criminal charge.
Harris eventually pleaded guilty to the new charge and admitted the probation violation and in December of 2011, Nye sentenced him to two years fixed and three years indeterminate on the new charge, running it concurrent to the original charge. He then suspended both sentences and again placed Harris on probation for four years.
Less than a year later, in October of 2010, Harris was in front of Nye on a motion requesting a reduction or discharge of his probation, according to the Idaho Repository of court data. That motion was denied.
In November of 2011, Harris was hit with another probation violation. In a process that appears to have dragged on for several months, that included still another reported violation in August of 2012, Harris eventually admitted to one of those violations, the 2012 violation, and the others were dismissed.
In December of 2012, Nye revoked Harris’ probation, imposed his sentences in both cases and then retained jurisdiction, sending the defendant into the retained jurisdiction program.
Harris appealed his being sent into the program in both cases. On Tuesday, the Idaho Court of Appeals returned an unpublished decision affirming Nye’s sentences.