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

Date: September 6, 2006

Kimball Mason Charged With 13 Additional Felonies

- Attorney General asks court to impose full prison term from previous sentence.

(Boise) – The Attorney General’s Office today filed a new criminal complaint charging former Idaho Falls City Prosecutor Kimball Mason with 13 additional felonies. In a separate filing, the Attorney General asked Judge William Woodland to relinquish jurisdiction over Mason and order Mason to serve the remainder of the one to five year sentences imposed on May 30, 2006.

The new complaint, filed in Seventh District Court in Bonneville County, Magistrate Division, charges Mason with seven counts of grand theft by possession of stolen property and six counts of forgery or, alternatively, falsifying a public record. Senior Seventh District Magistrate Judge Robert Brower, of Blackfoot, issued a warrant for Mason’s arrest. Bond was set at $500,000. Idaho Department of Correction officials, who currently have Mason in custody, are expected to surrender him on the warrant to answer the new charges soon. If convicted, Mason faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison on each of the 13 counts.

On April 19, 2006, Mason entered a plea of guilty to two felony counts of grand theft and one felony charge of falsifying a public record. The charges related to Mason’s unlawfully taking possession of firearms from the Idaho Falls Police Department evidence custodian and to Mason falsifying a court order authorizing the release of a firearm to himself. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Mason admitted in court that he had stolen 16 other weapons from the Idaho Falls Police Department. He also agreed to truthfully disclose the disposition of other weapons that had been turned over to his possession and that could not be accounted for in the investigation.

On May 30, 2006, Judge Woodland sentenced Mason to three concurrent one to five year prison sentences. The court retained jurisdiction and Mason entered a 180-day evaluation program at the North Idaho Correctional Center in Cottonwood. The effect of the motion filed by the Attorney General today, if granted, would be that the court would release its retained jurisdiction over Mason and he would immediately serve the remainder of the one to five year prison sentences imposed by Judge Woodland.

Seven of the new charges in the complaint allege Mason was in possession of four of the missing guns from the initial investigation as well as three other guns taken from Idaho Falls Police Department evidence. Mason is now charged with seven counts of grand theft by possession of stolen property relating to those weapons.

The additional six new felony charges allege that Mason used two judges’ signature stamps on orders forfeiting firearms to the Idaho Falls City Prosecutor’s Office. The complaint alleges that Mason used the signature stamps without the authority or approval of the judges.

The memorandum filed with Judge Woodland today also states that the Attorney General is addressing, in a separate and ongoing investigation, allegations that Mason used the signature stamps of magistrate judges in other cases he handled as a contract attorney for various counties within the Seventh Judicial District.

The Attorney General noted that a criminal complaint is merely a formal accusation of a crime and that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division is serving as special prosecutor in the Mason cases at the request of Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Dane Watkins, Jr.

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