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Sirens & Gavels

15 years for meth; 6 months for homicide

A Post Falls man will spend at least five years in prison for selling and possessing methamphetamine.

Donald J. Hall, 42, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison with eligibility for parole after five years. Judge Lansing Haynes sentenced Hall, who was charged after police found meth-making supplies in his hotel room.

Police had responded to a report of suspicious behavior when they saw drug paraphernalia, then searched the room.

Hall had two previous felony drug convictions and several misdemeanor convictions dating back to 1985.

"The long sentence imposed by Judge Haynes reflects the seriousness of the offense and Mr. Hall's prior criminal history," Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said in a statement.

Deputy Prosecutor Ann Wick handled the case.

The sentence stands in stark contrast to sentences imposed to three men convicted of vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter.

While the three were sentenced to lengthy prison terms, judges retained jurisdiction over their cases and they were released after six months.

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