Man convicted of UI rape looks to overturn 15-year sentence
On March 22, 2013, former University of Idaho student Jesse Vierstra was found guilty of raping a young woman outside a UI fraternity house and was given a 15-year sentence, and has spent the last two years at the Idaho State Correctional Institution.
Earlier this week, Vierstra filed a petition to dismiss his sentence, claiming his attorneys failed to defend him properly during his trial.
According to court records, Vierstra served as the defense’s only witness. The defense also didn’t start an investigation of the case until February 2013, and weren’t prepared with enough information by the time his trial began March 18, 2013.
Right after his trial concluded, Vierstra filed for an appeal but the appeals courts upheld the decision and confirmed the conviction in July 2014. His petition review was denied in August 2014.
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