Meridian man gets 30 years for shooting death

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A former Ada County sheriff's department employee who claims he has no memory of the shooting death of his wife's lover has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Fourth District Judge Michael McLaughlin said Thursday that Robert Hall, 44, must spend at least 17.5 years in prison for the March 2011 shooting death of Meridian attorney Emmett Corrigan before he is eligible for parole. Hall was given credit for the last 18 months he has spent in jail.

Prosecutors said Hall shot Corrigan because he believed his wife and Corrigan were having an affair, a suspicion that trial testimony indicated was true. Investigators said Hall armed himself and waited for Corrigan and Kandi Hall to return to the drug store parking lot before confronting and shooting Corrigan twice. Prosecutors said Hall then tried to shoot himself in the head, but missed. Hall's attorneys argued Hall has no memory of the shooting.

Hall told Corrigan's family and friends that he was "so sorry" for what happened. He did not acknowledge shooting Corrigan on purpose, but he apologized during his sentencing hearing for the "shockwaves" the shooting caused in the lives of Corrigan's wife and children, Corrigan's parents and his own family.

Hall was convicted in October.

Prosecutors sought a life sentence, while the defense sought a sentence of 30 years with the possibility of parole after 7.5 years.

Hall previously worked as a tech support employee with the sheriff's office.