Condemned multiple murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades Friday received two additional death sentences, a fixed life term plus 45 years in prison for the March 1987 slaying of a Blackfoot convenience store clerk.
Bingham County Prosecutor Thomas Moss had sought the death penalty for the 31-year-old Idaho Falls man, who was found guilty in March on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and using a firearm in a felony for the shooting death of Stacy Dawn Baldwin.Seventh District Judge James Herndon sentenced Rhoades to death for the murder and kidnapping convictions, life for the robbery conviction and consecutive 15-year terms for using a firearm in each of those three crimes.
Baldwin, 21, was abducted at gunpoint from the Red Mini Barn convenience store in Blackfoot on Feb. 28, 1987, following the robbery of the store. Her body was found about nine hours later along a gravel road north of the city.
Rhoades earlier this year received two death sentences after being convicted in Bonneville County on counts of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, rape and other felony charges in the March 19, 1987, slaying of Idaho Falls teacher Susan Michelbacher.
He also was sentenced to two concurrent life prison terms after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and robbery in the March 16, 1987, shooting death of Nolan Haddon in the Idaho Falls convenience store where Haddon worked.
Utah authorities have been investigating a possible connection between Rhoades and the slaying of two women in that state.
In a sentencing hearing in the Baldwin case on Tuesday, Bingham County Public Defender David Parmenter called a number of Rhoades' family members and friends to testify that he was not capable of murder.
Later, Herndon agreed to rehear arguments on Rhoades' motion for a new trial in the Baldwin case after first rejecting the request. Rhoades claimed his rights were violated because he was not present in court when the original motion was argued on April 4, and that certain incidents at his trial may have prejudiced jurors.