For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
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Date: July 31, 2007

Rauland Grube Pleads Guilty in Case Arising out of Amy Hossner’s 1983 Death

(Boise) – Rauland Grube, 43, of Ashton has changed his plea of not guilty in the 1983 death of Amy Hossner and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of felony aggravated assault, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Grube entered the plea today during a hearing before Judge Darren B. Simpson in Seventh District Court.

By pleading guilty, Grube admitted to the amended charges in a plea agreement with the prosecution under the following terms:

  1. The state amended the charge against Grube to felony aggravated assault. Grube pled guilty to the amended charge under North Carolina v. Alford.
  2. The state and Grube agreed on the sentence imposed by the court, which includes a period of incarceration equal to the approximately 15 years previously served by Grube. The sentence includes the period of time that Grube was released on bond by the federal district court, plus an additional 90 days.
  3. The unserved portion of the sentence was suspended. Grube was placed on unsupervised probation for a period of 90 days. Upon completion of probation, Grube will move to have his plea withdrawn and the case dismissed. The state will stipulate to the granting of Grube’s motion.
  4. Grube waived his right to appeal all matters in connection with this case.

“This case has been proceeding for many years, and we believe this resolution achieves justice for Amy Hossner, her family and the defendant,” Attorney General Wasden said.

The Hossner family expressed support for the plea agreement, which resolved the case. “We are relieved that Mr. Grube has accepted responsibility for the actions that led to the death of Amy,” the victim’s father, Fred Hossner, said. “Nothing can make up for the loss of our daughter, but this is an acceptable resolution of the case, and we are relieved that it is over.”

Grube was convicted of first degree murder on March 27, 1992. On federal review, the Ninth Circuit ordered Grube to be retried or released from prison.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division prosecuted the case at the request of Karl Lewies, the Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney.

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