Parolee Faces Accessory Charge in Nez Perce County


IDAHO- Kelley A. Wilson, a Clarkston resident currently on parole for a previous murder conviction, has been indicted for allegedly acting as an accessory in a Nez Perce County case of attempted first-degree murder.

The grand jury indictment was issued on Monday, accusing Wilson of intentionally withholding or concealing knowledge of a felony from law enforcement. The indictment specifies the alleged offense took place between July 14 and Oct. 2, the date of the indictment.

If convicted, Wilson could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, along with a fine of $50,000 and 15 years of probation.

Second District Judge Mark Monson authorized the indictment and issued a $1 million warrant. Magistrate Judge Victoria Olds upheld the bond set by Monson during Wilson's initial appearance.

During the hearing, Nez Perce County Chief Deputy Prosecutor April Smith requested the $1 million bond remain in place, citing the gravity of the charge, the safety of witnesses, and Wilson's parole status for murder.

Wilson's previous conviction dates back to 2005 when she was sentenced to 30 years for fatally stabbing her boyfriend, Charles E. Thrush Jr., in Clarkston. She also received a concurrent sentence of 30 months for first-degree burglary in the same incident. Wilson had been ordered to stay away from Thrush and his residence due to prior charges of domestic violence assault. In her trial, she claimed self-defense.

In 2009, the Washington State Court of Appeals overturned the first-degree murder conviction due to a Miranda rights violation and evidence pertaining to intent. Wilson then entered a plea agreement, resulting in an amended charge of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 15 years with credit for four years served.

During the hearing, Wilson expressed confusion about the charges, prompting Olds to advise her to consult her attorney for clarification. Randy Reed was subsequently appointed as her public defender.

The arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 11, while the grand jury indictments remain sealed from the public eye.