Idaho Supreme Court considers one-punch killing case

Posted at 1:17 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 15:17:03-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court is considering reducing the 15-year sentence of a northern Idaho man who threw a punch that killed another man.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports in a story on Wednesday that the court asked for additional documents after defense attorneys for 23-year-old Tyler Finlay said a pre-sentence report for his sentencing hearing contained inaccuracies.

Finlay in November 2017 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the June 2017 death of 29-year-old Jeffrey Marfice. His sentence required he serve four years before becoming eligible for parole.

Finlay sought to reduce his sentence at a post-conviction hearing but was denied by a district court judge.

Finlay’s attorneys appealed that decision to the Idaho Supreme Court, saying new evidence showed inaccuracies in the pre-sentence report and that Finley should receive a sentence of no more than 10 years.