Idaho appellate court says no to Lewiston robbery appeal

David Payton

The Idaho Court of Appeals says a Clarkston man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Lewiston bank doesn’t have the right to appeal his sentence.

David Payton was sentenced in January to at least eight years and up to life in prison for robbing the downtown Lewiston U.S. Bank in February 2011, and aiming a handgun at responding law enforcement officers. He pleaded guilty to two counts in connection with the robbery, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped three additional counts.

Payton appealed, contending the sentence was excessive.

On Friday, the appellate court turned down that appeal. The three appellate judges found that Payton waived his right to challenge his sentence when he made the plea agreement.  (AP)

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