Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett dropped a felony jury tampering charge against perennial candidate Rex Rammell on Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to criminal contempt.
The Idaho Falls Post Register reported Thursday that Rammell was sentenced to nine months' probation and a $500 fine, with $250 suspended, by Judge Colin Luke. Luke granted a withheld judgment, meaning the conviction will be cleared from Rammell's record should he complete the terms of his sentence.
Rammell has run for the legislature, U.S. Senate, and most recently, governor. In May 2010, he finished second to GOP Gov. Butch Otter, losing by a 55 percent to 26 percent margin. A felony conviction would have prohibited Rammell from holding office until he completed the terms of his sentence.
Rammell, however, says he's concentrating on appealing the poaching conviction he received after allegedly tampering with jurors in April by handing potential jurors fliers from the Fully Informed Jury Association.
Rammell, a veterinarian and former elk rancher, was convicted in July of unlawful possession of wildlife for killing an elk in November in a different hunting zone that his tag allowed.
"There are issues in the case that I am still furious about," Rammell told the Post Register. "I think I can prove that I did not get a fair trial."
Rammell famously tangled with then-GOP Gov. Jim Risch in 2006, when Risch ordered the destruction of elk belonging to Rammell after animals escaped an enclosure.
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