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BOISE MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ALTERING LOTTERY TICKET

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A 4th District Court jury has found a Boise man not guilty after the state's first trial on a charge of altering an Idaho Lottery ticket.

James Peirsol, 25, was charged with a felony count of altering a lottery ticket last summer to produce a $10 winner but was acquitted Tuesday after a 1 1/2-day trial.If convicted, Peirsol would have faced up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

"The defendant had a fair trial," said Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Alan White. "I talked to a few jurors afterwards. The state's satisfied that the jury got to hear all the evidence and we accept the outcome."

One of two co-defendants in the case, Gwen Woolsey, 35, of Boise, testified at his trial that Peirsol altered the ticket she admitted cashing.

"I argued that she was lying and cooked up the tale to get a good deal," Deputy Public Defender Rick Toothman said.

Woolsey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of petty theft on Dec. 8. She was sentenced to two days in jail, a $300 fine with $150 suspended, and placed on one year probation.

Police seized a tin can containing 75 losing lottery tickets during a search of the apartment shared by Peirsol, Woolsey and a third defendant, Neal Davis. Some of the tickets were altered, authorities said.

Davis, 32, pleaded guilty Dec. 1 and will be sentenced Dec. 29 on a felony charge of fraudulent presentation of an altered lottery ticket.