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

Date: March 30, 2006

Clayton Fullmer Sentenced for Grand Theft

(Boise) – A former deputy watermaster in Eastern Idaho has been sentenced for grand theft involving the unlawful sale of water owned by the State of Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

Clayton B. Fullmer, 32, of Tetonia was sentenced to at least two years, and up to six years, in prison. Seventh District Judge Brent J. Moss suspended the prison sentence and ordered Fullmer to serve 10 days in the county jail, pay a fine of $750.00, perform 200 hours of community service, serve three years on probation and pay $1470.00 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

Fullmer worked for the Department of Water Resources as a deputy watermaster in the Driggs area. The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that, in 2003, Fullmer told two Idaho ranchers, who held water rights on the Cache Canal near Driggs, that they were out of water. Fullmer, claiming to have access to extra water available for sale from a private party who did not want its name disclosed, accepted payment from the ranchers for the extra water. The Attorney General’s investigation showed that no private party in fact existed.

Two years later, the unauthorized sales came to the attention of the Department of Water Resources, and the department notified the county prosecutor. The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division investigated and prosecuted the case at the request of Teton County Prosecuting Attorney Barton Birch.

Fullmer plead guilty to grand theft, a felony, on November 29, 2005, and was sentenced March 28, 2006.

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