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Pocatello man gets probation for robbery, grand theft, possession of stolen bank card

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POCATELLO — A man who pleaded guilty to four felonies has been sentenced to five years of felony probation.

Ridge Alban Parsons, 31, entered guilty pleas to charges of robbery, grand theft and two counts of possession of a stolen bank card after reaching a plea agreement with the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office.

For those charges, District Judge Robert Naftz sentenced him to five years of felony probation with a 120-day discretionary jail sentence, according to court records. Prison terms of two to five years and four to 10 years were suspended.

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Parsons was arrested in March after he was accused of robbing a home on South 6th Avenue in Pocatello. Witnesses told officers that they returned to the home with its resident to find an armed Parsons in the living room demanding several items, including a motorcycle.

Pocatello police officers and Bannock County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Parsons’ home days later. Inside, they found a gun matching the description provided by the witness. The gun had been reported stolen.

Officers also found marijuana and prescription drugs prescribed to someone who did not live at the home. Several items, including IDs, checkbooks and credit cards, also belonging to people not living at the home, were found.

Initially, Parsons was charged with felony charges of robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of grand theft and two counts of fraud by possessing a stolen bank card. Prosecutors also added a deadly weapon enhancement.

Per his plea deal, one grand theft charge, the possession of a firearm charge and the enhancement were dismissed.

In addition to probation, Naftz ordered Parsons to pay $2,257 in fees and fines.