Bingham Memorial CEO sentenced for stalking
Updated On: Aug 18 2013 05:52:30 PM CDT
Bingham Memorial CEO Louis Kraml will do 100 hours of community service after entering an Alford plea for stalking in the second degree, a misdemeanor, at the Bingham County Courthouse on Friday.
An Alford plea means he is not admitting guilt, but the judge sees him as guilty.
The charge comes as a result of allegations about mismanagement of the hospital.
Originally, Kraml faced two felony charges for wiretapping, but they were reduced to stalking.
Charges were dropped for two other people involved in the case, former hospital information technology department employees Chris Behunin and Tyler Lassen. There is an arrest warrant out for Jack York, also formerly of the department.
According to the indictments, the three intercepted and recorded the phone calls of Dr. Robert Rosin and his staff between June 2009 and August 2010.
The attorney general dropped charges against Behunin and Lassen because although there was evidence Behunin and Lassen violated Idaho's wiretap statute, the investigation revealed they were acting solely as directed by their superiors and they cooperated fully with the investigation, according to a news release. However, authorities were unable to serve a summons upon York, and he did not appear in court Friday, which prompted the arrest warrant.
Three witness were called to the stand in Kraml's defense: board member Alice Cannon, Dr. Hugh Selsnick and Dr. Tom Call.
Deputy Attorney General Jason Spillman said he's okay with the outcome.
"It was a difficult case as the defense outlines. There was some problems with the evidence we had, we were constrained by that, but I think we did as good as we could with it," said Spillman.
During court, Kraml said he would accept the plea was because he felt he could be found guilty if it went to trial.
Kraml was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, one year probation and a $1,000 fine. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended.
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