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Appeal denied for former Clallam evidence technician

December 5th, 2013 - 12:06pm

(Port Angeles) -- A former Clallam County sheriff's department evidence technician, who was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing from the Clallam County Sheriff's evidence room, has had her appeal denied and will remain in prison.

Attorneys for Staci Lea Allsion had filed an appeal with the State of Washington Appeals Court, in which they claimed that the trial court had erred in not dismissing the case due to:

Prosecutorial mismanagement; that the money laundering statute with which she was charged was unconstitutional; and that the restitution of over $51,000 dollars by Allison was improper because the state failed to show cause as to how dollar losses were connected to the crimes with which she was charged.

In October 2011, a jury found Allison guilty of stealing more than 8-thousand dollars between 2003 and 2006. Investigators say they found 129 empty evidence bags that once contained more than 51-thousand dollars, stuffed in a plastic tube in 2006 near Allison's work space in the evidence room.

In denying her appeal, the court found that:

Prosecutorial mismanagement was not a factor in that Allisonís attorney's failed to prove government misconduct or prejudice that would affect the defendant's right to a fair trial.

The constitutionality of the Money Laundering Statute, under which Allison was tried and found guilty, was also upheld by the court.

The Appeals Court also upheld the restitution order, citing that the evidence revealed Allison's guilt as to the missing funds, and showed a causal link to criminal activity. Thus, restitution of the dollar amount of the missing money was proper. Restitution in this case totaled $51,905.33.

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