Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Idaho lawmaker may lose concealed weapons permit
First Published Nov 10 2013 05:50 pm • Last Updated Nov 10 2013 05:50 pm

Boise, Idaho • An Idaho legislator may lose his permit to carry a concealed weapon because a sheriff says the Republican’s application failed to disclose a 1974 guilty plea tied to a Florida rape case.

The Idaho Statesman (http://tinyurl.com/lvkpzsl) reported Sunday that Rep. Mark Patterson of Boise, now 61, was charged with rape in 1974. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault with intent to commit rape.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Patterson contends now he was innocent but pleaded guilty 39 years ago on his attorney’s advice. He received a concealed weapons permit in Ada County in 2007 and renewed it in 2012.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, who says he was tipped off to Patterson’s Florida record earlier this year by a person he hasn’t named, says he revoked the permit last month because the first-term lawmaker didn’t disclose the withheld judgment in the case. That would have disqualified him from legally carrying a concealed weapon.

A withheld judgment is often used in plea agreements, where a judge doesn’t enter a conviction but places a defendant on probation. It allows a person to keep a crime off his or her legal record in some instances.

"We did our due diligence, and from that, a hearing was ultimately held and his concealed weapons permit was revoked," Raney said.

Patterson says he’s mulling an appeal.

Patterson was 21 when he was charged with rape in May 1974 in Tampa. A 46-year-old woman told police Patterson forced her to have sex twice and threatened to have his Doberman pinscher attack her if she refused, according to police reports.

Patterson served time in jail before agreeing that July to plead guilty to the lesser charge of assault with intent to commit rape, receiving a withheld judgment and five years’ probation.

Patterson was ordered to leave Florida. Two years later, he was released from probation, records show.


story continues below
story continues below

"I was a young kid," the freshman Republican told the Statesman. "I was charged with a crime I didn’t do. My attorney told me to take the deal."

Raney insists Patterson’s record makes him ineligible for a concealed weapons permit in Idaho.

The application asks prospective licensees, "Have you ever had an entry of a withheld judgment for a criminal offense which would disqualify you from obtaining a concealed weapons license?"

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office held a revocation hearing in August. On Oct. 29, Raney told Patterson the license would be revoked.

Patterson has 14 days to file an administrative appeal.

Patterson went to court at least one other time in a rape-related case. In July 1977, Patterson was charged in a separate incident, this time with rape "by means of forcibly choking and threatening" a woman in Cincinnati, records show.

A judge acquitted Patterson in September 1977. "I was acquitted — then obviously I didn’t do it," Patterson said.

Patterson and Raney have also been on opposite sides of public policy issues.

In the 2013 Legislature, Patterson authored an unsuccessful bill that would have made it a misdemeanor for Idaho law enforcement officials to help enforce any new federal restrictions on firearms. Raney opposed the bill, and Patterson believes he’s being targeted now because his legislation angered law enforcement officers.

Next Page >


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.