Former Lewiston lawmaker convicted of rape denied request for new trial

BOISE, Idaho — A former Lewiston lawmaker convicted of rape will not be re-tried or acquitted.

In April, Aaron von Ehlinger was convicted of raping of 19-year-old legislative intern. The victim said he forced her to perform a sexual act at his apartment after they had dinner together.

von Ehlinger has maintained he deserves a new trial on the basis of insufficient evidence, but Judge Michael Reardon denied the defense’s motion on Thursday.

Sentencing is now scheduled for August 31. von Ehlinger faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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