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Former sheriff released from prison

Progress cited, but probation ordered

LEWISTON – A former Nez Perce County sheriff sentenced to prison for helping a burglar in a high school break-in has been released from the Idaho State Correctional Institution after a judge said he was pleased with his progress behind bars.

Jim Dorion had been sentenced to up to five years in prison in August, but 2nd District Judge John Stegner left open the possibility of early release by placing the former sheriff in an alcohol abuse treatment program.

Dorion completed the program at the prison, and the judge said he should do well on probation with monitoring. Dorion was released Wednesday.

“I was very pleased with the report I got about you,” Stegner told Dorion during a telephone hearing.

The 49-year-old former law enforcement officer pleaded guilty in May to one count of felony accessory to burglary, for having concealed knowledge of a 2006 burglary of Lewiston High School.

On Wednesday, Idaho Deputy Attorney General Chris Topmiller raised no objection to Dorion’s release but recommended five years of probation.

Stegner opted for three years of probation, likely to be supervised by the state of Louisiana, where Dorion moved after he took medical leave from his sheriff’s duties in May 2008.

Since his arrest in Louisiana in March, Dorion has suffered a number of medical conditions.

The Idaho State Police conducted an investigation into whether Dorion’s ailments were the result of injuries or a medical condition. Those findings haven’t been released.