Crime

Sarah Pearce admits violating probation, will learn consequences March 14

Sarah Pearce
Sarah Pearce

Sarah Pearce, who served nearly a dozen years in prison for a brutal assault on a Canyon County motorist in 2000, could face a return to prison if her probation is revoked.

Third District Judge Juneal Kerrick, who sentenced Pearce in 2003 and decided in 2014 to free her before her sentence was complete, will hold a disposition hearing on the probation violation at 9:30 a.m. March 14.

Pearce, 33, was arrested in November and charged with a probation violation stemming from alleged meth use and possession of a syringe filled with a liquid form of methamphetamine.

In a court appearance Wednesday, Pearce admitted the violation.

Pearce, one of five people convicted in the attack on Linda LeBrane, steadfastly denied guilt and the Idaho Innocence Project championed her cause, prompting reconsideration of her sentence. She was not exonerated, but in May 2014 her sentence of 15 years to life was amended to time served and five years probation.

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