Man sentenced after leading police on multiple pursuits

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Wyatt Tripp | Mike Price, EastIdahoNews.com

BLACKFOOT – A man arrested in June after his fourth pursuit with police was sentenced Monday to serve time in prison.

Judge Darren Simpson sentenced 22-year-old Wyatt Tripp to a total of 19 years behind bars.

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On June 16, Tripp was charged with grand theft along with an enhancement for being a persistent violator. As part of a plea agreement, Tripp pleaded guilty to the grand theft charge and the other charge was dropped.

Tripp was sentenced to serve three fixed years in prison with 11 years indeterminate on the theft charge.

Ten days after his June 16 arrest, Tripp was charged with felony eluding a police officer, grand theft, resisting and obstructing an officer and an enhancement for being a persistent violator.

As part of a plea agreement, Tripp pleaded guilty to the felony eluding charge and the other charges were dismissed.
He was sentenced to four fixed years and one year indeterminate on this charge.

The prison sentence will be served consecutively.

“Based on his extensive criminal history, I believe the sentence is appropriate for the protection of society,” Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson told EastIdahoNews.com following the sentencing.

Tripp has been convicted of multiple crimes throughout Bingham, Bannock, Caribou and Franklin counties.

During the sentencing, Simpson mentioned Tripp’s multiple convictions dating back to when he was a juvenile and Tripp asked for mercy.

“I understand that the things I’ve done are wrong. I understand that I’ve had numerous offenses and numerous convictions. But I’d like also for the state and judge to understand that I haven’t been given a considerable amount of chances,” Tripp said to Simpson. “I have been pushing consistently for rehabilitation…and was not given the chance for any retained jurisdiction nor probation in the state.”

Tripp will be given credit for time already served.

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