Former Idaho lawmaker convicted of rape to be sentenced Wednesday

BOISE, Idaho – A former Lewiston lawmaker convicted of rape will be sentenced on Wednesday. 

Aaron von Ehlinger faces up to life in prison for raping a 19-year-old legislative intern at his Boise apartment in 2021. 

He was a state representative at the time but later resigned. 

He was convicted earlier this year, but last week, a judge denied von Ehlinger a new trial. At first, his lawyer asked a judge to acquit von Ehlinger based on a lack of evidence. His lawyer then asked for a new trial while also arguing von Ehlinger’s constitutional rights were violated because he did not have the opportunity to cross-examine his accuser. 

During von Ehlinger’s trial, his victim began to testify, but abruptly left the stand saying “I can’t do this.” 

von Ehlinger’s sentencing will begin at 2:30 p.m. PST/3:30 p.m. MST. 

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