Last October, District Judge Dane Watkins sentenced Randy Russell Sargent, 69, to between 18 months and 13 and a half years in prison for felony enticing over the internet. InSargent met up with the year-old victim after responding to a Craigslist ad for someone claiming to look for a person for his son to engage in sexual activity with.
The two eventually engaged in sexual conduct, but Sargent says they never had sex, according to court documents. Hearings for Sargent were continually delayed while he gathered medical information and expert testimony from doctors.
Among their complaints was an alleged history of poor medical care for offenders in the custody of the Idaho Department of Correction. Specifically, Sargent felt he was not being given the correct medication as recommended by his doctors. Instead, he said IDOC medical staff opted to give him a medication that cost less.
Sargent also could not receive the appropriate medical treatment related to his heart condition in Idaho, according to court documents. He said the closest place for follow-up appointments for his heart transplant is in Salt Lake City.
In response to the virus the Idaho Supreme Court issued several orders limiting court hearings, and Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Mark G. Parent, MD, medical opinion and severe heart conditions which make him more susceptible to serious conditions, a stroke and or death if infected with COVID or properly medicated with the correct medication.
In supporting documents, Miekle wrote Sargent could not social distance from other inmates to protect himself. Watkins wrote in his opinion that during that conversation he was invited to consider a reduction in sentence based on the arguments.
He then granted the motion for a reduction in sentence, placing Sargent on probation. Sargent was released from prison at the end of April.
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