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Car theft suspect rescinds guilty pleas

By The Associated Press
Published On: May 04 2013 07:45:14 AM MDT
SANDPOINT, Idaho -

A northern Idaho man charged with possessing methamphetamine and stolen vehicles has rescinded his guilty pleas in connection with his 2011 criminal case.
    
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (http://bit.ly/YjE2Iv) 51-year-old Dennis Hiebert withdrew his conditional pleas last month after a judge rejected terms of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.
    
Hiebert was charged with seven counts of grand theft and drug possession for allegedly having meth and two stolen vehicles at a wrecking business he operates.
    
Defense attorneys proposed Hiebert plead guilty to three theft counts, plus the drug charge - in exchange, he would serve a suspended prison term, probation and pay $13,000 in restitution.
    
Citing Hiebert's prior criminal record, Judge John Mitchell quashed that plan, recommending Hiebert serve up to one year in prison before probation.