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Steve: Long Odyssey To Death Row

There are 3,260 inmates awaiting execution in the United States, and one of them is from the Magic Valley. He's Robert Allen Poyson, 34, sentenced to death in Arizona in 1998 after being convicted of murdering three people in August 1996. He was born in Twin Falls and grew up in Jackpot. According to court records, Poyson was a 19-year-old drifter who befriended a 15-year-old boy in Kingman, Ariz. The boy's mother, Leta Kagen, invited Poyson to stay in their trailer home, along with two hitchhikers: 48-year-old Frank Anderson and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Kimberly Lane. Anderson wanted to go to Chicago, so he, Poyson and Lane hatched a plan to kill Kagen, her son Robert Delahunt, and another man living in the trailer, Roland Wear, and steal Wear's truck/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you know someone who is currently serving time in jail or prison?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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