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Idaho College Murders: Uncovered Legal Records Reveal Previous Secret Bryan Kohberger Arrest

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Jul. 6 2023, Updated 11:46 a.m. ET

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Newly uncovered documents show Bryan Kohberger was arrested in 2014 but the record was expunged because he was a first-time offender, according to a report.

The records, reviewed by ABC News, show 28-year-old Kohberger was arrested in 2014 for selling his sister’s iPhone shortly after he left a rehab to treat an alleged heroin problem.

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Kohberger, then 19 and living in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, was charged with misdemeanor theft when he paid a friend $20 to drive him to an area mall, where he sold the stolen devise for $200, or half what it was worth, at a kiosk that bought outdated electronics, the report shows.

Michael Kohberger reported the incident involving his son to police, according to ABC News.

Police in Pennsylvania reportedly confirmed the case was expunged and the record of the crime no longer exists, but they declined to comment further.


After kicking his alleged addiction to drugs, Koberger went on to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice and was working toward his Ph.D. at Washington State University.

He’s now accused of fatally stabbing four University of Idaho students — Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20 — on Nov. 13, 2022 at an off-campus home in Moscow.

On July 3, prosecutors announced they would pursue the death penalty in the case.


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