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

Date: March 16, 2004

Gail High Sentenced for Burglary

(Boise) - Gail J. High of Sun Valley was sentenced yesterday on a burglary charge stemming from an incident at the home of a Ketchum Police Department sergeant more than three years ago. Fifth District Judge James May sentenced High to 7 to 10 years in prison for burglary. Judge May had previously sentenced High to 5 to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault and use of a firearm in committing a felony. The burglary sentence, which will run concurrently with the aggravated assault sentence, means that High must serve at least 7 years before she will be eligible for parole.

High was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and burglary after an incident on December 17, 2000. Sergeant Dave Kassner of the Ketchum Police Department had stopped High for driving under the influence. Later that night, High went to Kassner's home carrying a loaded firearm, and pounded on the door. A neighbor heard the noise and came out to investigate. He saw the gun in High's hand and attempted to disarm her. During the struggle, High fired the gun. No one was injured.

On December 13, 2001, a Blaine County jury convicted High of aggravated assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and burglary. The jury acquitted High of attempted murder. The District Court dismissed the burglary charge and the state appealed. The Idaho Court of Appeals reinstated the burglary conviction, leading to Monday's sentencing.

Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas referred the case to the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Unit. Deputy Attorney General J. Scott James prosecuted the case.

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