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

Date: January 9, 2004

H. Brent Coles Sentenced

(Boise) - Former Boise mayor H. Brent Coles was sentenced today to 180 days in the county jail and three years probation. Fourth District Judge Thomas Neville ordered Coles to begin serving the jail sentence within 30 days. Coles is prohibited from holding any public office in Idaho until he completes his probation. The court also granted a withheld judgment. A withheld judgment means that, after completing his sentence and probation, Coles may ask the court to dismiss the charges against him.

On May 6, 2003, an Ada County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Coles with five felony crimes.

On November 3, 2003, Coles pleaded guilty to presenting a fraudulent account or voucher, in violation of Idaho Code § 18-2706. The voucher sought reimbursement from the City of Boise, in the amount of $580, for tickets to a Broadway play purchased in 2002 for Coles by the United States Conference of Mayors.

Coles also pleaded guilty to misuse of public money by officers in violation of Idaho Code § 18-5701. The indictment alleged that public moneys of the City of Boise were appropriated, without the authority of law, for airfare from New York City to Rochester, New York for Coles and his former chief of staff, Gary Lyman, and for lodging, meals and car rental associated with a November 1999 trip.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the court dismissed the remaining 3 counts of the indictment.

The case was referred to the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution by Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bower.

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