“I Undid Everything Good”
Posted by Childress on May 30, 2006
Barbara Dehl was once famous for her crusade against dating violence, a worthy cause if ever there was one. She was spurred in the effort by the death of her daughter, who died in a car driven by her drunk boyfriend. So this is the story of a good woman gone bad.
By her own admission, it was meth that caused the change: "In a matter of a two-week period, I undid everything good in my life and I feel terrible about that," she said in an Idaho court, hoping for a lenient sentence in a case involving meth distribution, kidnapping and murder (she wasn't charged in the murder).
Dehl was sentenced to 15 years, more than double what was expected. It's a complex story; here's a summary:
Friday's sentencing was the culmination of a seven-hour hearing that lasted two days and included detailed testimony from Dehl about her role in the kidnapping and violent interrogation of two teenagers suspected of a theft of jewelry, money and drugs that prosecutors now say Dehl fabricated.
During the interrogation, in which the teens were threatened with a gun and hacksaw, suspicion shifted to 22-year-old John Schmeichel, who [Dehl's boyfriend Larry] Hanslovan and Ronald Huntsman later picked up in Dehl's car before Huntsman fatally shot Schmeichel in the face while Hanslovan drove the car down Interstate 84.
Huntsman has been found guilty of first-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced in August. Hanslovan was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison for selling drugs and for his role in the teens' kidnapping.
Dehl pled guilty to drug and kidnapping charges. Read the entire account at The Idaho Statesman.