Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Saturday, October 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 25° Partly Cloudy
News >  Idaho

Man convicted of University of Idaho rape resentenced after successful appeal

Associated Press

MOSCOW, Idaho – A man convicted of raping a woman outside a University of Idaho fraternity house has had his conviction and sentence vacated and he has been resentenced to probation.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that Jesse Vierstra on Monday entered an Alford plea to the charge of assault with intent to commit a serious felony as part of a settlement his attorneys reached with the prosecution. He was resentenced to 10 years of probation.

Vierstra had appealed his conviction, arguing that his attorneys failed weren’t prepared for his March 2013 trial.

Court records state that Vierstra, a former UI student, had attended a fraternity party at the university in October 2012. The victim testified during the trial that Vierstra had held her down and raped her outside the building.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


New health insurance plans available Nov. 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

 (Photo courtesy WAHBE)
Sponsored

Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.