For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: April 28, 2008
Warren David Weagant Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter
(Boise) – Former Boise County resident Warren David Weagant entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to prison Friday, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Kathryn Sticklen sentenced Weagant to 15 years in prison with an 8-year fixed sentence.
Weagant, 44, a resident of Pioneerville, was charged with second degree murder in the March 7, 2004, shooting death of Thomas Franklin Lewis. Lewis died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Weagant changed his plea from not guilty to a plea of guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
Weagant’s plea was made pursuant to the 1970 U.S. Supreme Court case of North Carolina v. Alford, which allows a defendant to plead guilty to take advantage of a plea agreement while asserting that he is actually innocent. Courts treat an Alford plea the same as any other guilty plea.
The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit handled the case at the request of former Boise County Prosecuting Attorney Theresa Gardunia. Deputy Attorney General Justin Whatcott prosecuted the case.
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