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Former sheriff sentenced for burglary cover up

Mon., Aug. 10, 2009, 4:06 p.m.

A former Idaho sheriff who helped cover up a burglary while still in office could be free in five months.

Former Nez Perce County Sheriff Jim Dorion was sentenced Monday to five years in prison with eligibility for parole after two, but Second District Judge John Stegner retained jurisdiction over the case.

That means Dorion will undergo counseling at a corrections center and staff will recommend within 150 days if he should go to prison. Stegner will make the final ruling.

Dorion pleaded guilty in May to one felony charge of accessory to a crime for helping a man responsible for three burglaries elude capture.

He was removed as sheriff by the county last year after disappearing while on a 90-day medical leave.

He was arrested in Louisiana in March.

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