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After Year In Jail, Killer Going To Prison

Fri., March 10, 1995

Nearly one year after he was sentenced to 18 years to life for the brutal beating death of his wife, Danny Ray Aeschliman is on his way to prison.

The Department of Corrections says Aeschliman, 43, will be moved from a county jail in Burley to the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Boise within a week.

After learning in January their daughter’s killer was at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center, Mike and Helen Garcia of Twin Lakes mounted a campaign to put Aeschliman in a state prison.

They collected thousands of signatures from people and wrote numerous state officials, including Department of Correction Director James Spalding and Gov. Phil Batt.

The governor urged Spalding in a March 3 letter to give the Aeschliman case “all possible consideration when transferring individuals as prison spaces become available.”

Aeschliman pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the beating death of his wife at the couple’s Coeur d’Alene home in August 1993.

The Garcias hired a private investigator who discovered not only was the convicted killer in a county jail, he was receiving special privileges as an inmate custodial worker allowed mobility within the facility.Spokeswoman Ann Thompson said her computer showed him at a state facility in Orofino. Contacted later the same day, prison officials acknowledged the error.

Thompson said Aeschliman was kept at the county jail for nearly a year because of a backlog of state inmates awaiting transfer to prison.

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