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

Date: November 2, 2010

Barton Sentenced for Soliciting Perjury

(Boise) – Robert L. Barton, Jr., was sentenced yesterday to five years with 6 months fixed for criminal solicitation, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fifth District Judge Richard Bevan ordered Barton to serve the sentence consecutively with his current prison sentence. Barton was sentenced for soliciting money from a Twin Falls attorney in exchange for providing false testimony in a criminal case.

Barton, 40, a resident of Buhl, was found guilty of criminal solicitation by a Twin Falls county jury on August 27, 2010.

On August 11, 2009, Barton approached Twin Falls attorney Lynn Dunlap about changing his testimony by agreeing to commit perjury in exchange for $15,000. Dunlap contacted the Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office to report the solicitation.

The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case at the request of Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs. Deputy Attorney General Chris Topmiller prosecuted the case.

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