Defendant Sentenced to Theft of Rocks from BLM
BOISE – Brian Kirkpatrick, 46, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced today in the United States District Court in Boise to nine months in prison for Theft of Government Property, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also sentenced Kirkpatrick to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. Kirkpatrick’s nine month sentence is to be served concurrently with his sentence for a probation violation on a similar federal case from 2009, and concurrently with related state charges for which he has been incarcerated since August 13, 2013. Kirkpatrick pleaded guilty on February 4, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, between November 2012 and June 2013, Kirkpatrick stole more than 9,800 pounds of sandstone from BLM lands to sell commercially for use in landscaping projects. The value was approximately $1,472, which made Kirkpatrick’s crime a felony. Restitution was ordered in the amount of $1,472, as well as an unpaid balance on restitution for his probation violation in the amount of $145.98. A fine was also imposed in the amount of $500, as well as $350 still owing from his probation violation. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
This case is the result of an investigation by criminal investigators of the Bureau of Land Management, United States Department of the Interior. Olson stated the following: “Protecting Idaho’s public lands is a priority for my office. Public lands are just that: they are there for the public to enjoy. This prosecution hopefully sends a strong message that my office will prosecute those who illegally exploit public lands for their own gain.”
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