For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: May 16, 2006

Aaron Wells Sentencing Concludes Perjury Cases Related to Murder of Eric McMillan

(Boise) – Aaron A. Wells was ordered to serve 60 days in the Latah County Jail, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Second District Judge John R. Stegner entered a withheld judgment and placed Wells on eight years of probation.

Aaron Wells, a 23-year-old resident of Seattle, WA, was found guilty by a jury on March 24, 2006, of two counts of perjury. A Latah County Grand Jury indicted Wells on December 16, 2004, for making false statements to, and withholding information, from a Latah County Grand Jury on October 28, 2004, during testimony related to the investigation of the murder of Eric McMillan.

Aaron Wells is the brother of James Wells and Matthew Wells, who were convicted of McMillan’s murder and are serving 20-year prison sentences.

The sentencing hearing today marked the conclusion of six perjury prosecutions related to the Grand Jury investigation of Eric McMillan’s murder.

Mashere Harrison Wells, the wife of James Wells, pleaded guilty to providing false information to a government agency and served seven days in jail.

Emmanuel Wells, the brother of James and Matthew Wells, pleaded guilty to perjury and served five days in jail.

Thomas Riggins, a nephew of James and Matthew Wells, pleaded guilty to perjury and served 241 days in jail.

Angela Brown, the former girlfriend of Aaron Wells, pleaded guilty to providing false information to a government agency and served four days in jail.

Matthew Wells, Sr., father of James and Matthew Wells, pleaded guilty to providing false information to a government agency and served five days in jail.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division prosecuted these cases at the request of Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson.

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