Kandi Hall will spend at least the next six months in an Idaho Department of Correction treatment program before a judge decides if she will go to prison for stealing money from a lawyer she worked for in 2010.
Hall, 41, pleaded guilty in April to grand theft. She is accused of embezzling about $32,000 from her former boss, Boise attorney Jared Martens, between March and November 2010.
That was before Kandi Hall started working for Boise attorney Emmett Corrigan, who her husband, Rob Hall, shot and killed in a Meridian drug store parking lot in March 2011. A jury convicted Rob Hall of second-degree murder in October; he will be sentenced in January.
Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen gave Kandi Hall a 14-year prison sentence Wednesday, saying she could ask for parole after serving two years.
Then he placed her on a retained-jurisdiction program, also known as a rider. That means Hall will get treatment and be evaluated by IDOC officials for at least six months before Hansen decides if she should go to prison or get probation.
Im satisfied with the sentence simply because I dont think she will be able to follow it, Martens said Wednesday. I know her. Not being able to have fancy glasses of wine (or) credit cards ... any attempt to follow the rules of probation will be torture for her.
The goal that I had, coming forward with the case, was to get her off the street where she cant do any more harm. That goal is taken care of.
Martens says he is out more than $50,000 when he adds in his investigative costs.
Prosecutors said Thursday morning the amount of restitution was set at $32, 560, and Hall paid $15,000 of that earlier this week. Hall will have to pay back the remaining $17,000 as part of whatever sentence she gets when the rider review is complete.
Martens said Thursday he is glad to get any of his money back and hopes Hall is able to pay back the rest in the future.
Martens says he suspects the reason grand theft charges were filed against Hall was to give prosecutors leverage with her in her husbands murder case.
Kandi Hall was with Corrigan when her husband shot him, and was a key witness. Corrigan and Kandi Hall were having an affair, which prosecutors said was Rob Halls motive for killing Corrigan. She offered different accounts before and during the trial, and Fourth District Judge Michael McLaughlin told jurors they had "every right to disregard that testimony.
In my 31 years on the bench, I don't think I've seen a witness more thoroughly discredited over the course of a proceeding," the judge said.
The couple has two teenage daughters; it is unclear where they are living. Usually, children with jailed parents go live with a family member.
Hall, who said she was sorry for what she did to Martens, brought up her kids when she asked Hansen not to send her to prison Wednesday.
I really beg the court to please dont ... my daughters need me more than anything, Hall said, while fighting back tears. I know they have the support of my family, but Im their mom and I am trying my best with them. I beg this court to please dont take me away from them. I am truly sorry.
Ada County Deputy Prosecutor John Dinger said Kandi Hall took money from Martens' clients and put it into her PayPal account and then transferred it to a debit card and another account, both in her name, which she then used to buy clothes, go to restaurants, and get other luxury services like getting her hair and nails done.
Dinger also said Hall has shown no remorse for what she did and told pre-sentence investigators at least two different versions of why she took the money, claiming she did it so Martens could avoid paying taxes and also buy things like food for her family because they were broke.
Hansen dismissed both of Hall's claims, saying there was simply no evidence they were true.
"Miss Hall is a thief. She did take money from her employer, and a substantial amount of money," Hansen said. "This was a conscious decision on her part to take money to use as she saw fit, regardless of the consequences of her actions."
Patrick Orr: 377-6219, Twitter: @IDS_Orr