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Sentence review results in man’s release from jail

April 28th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Cody Littlewood

LOGAN–Not all days in a courtroom temporarily end a person’s freedom, in fact many are a new beginning for an individual who made a mistake. Jeremy Torres was released from the Cache County Jail April 27 following a sentence review hearing before 1st District Court Judge Thomas Willmore, after serving four months for two Class-A misdemeanor charges and one third-degree felony charge.

“I had a lot of time to think. Honestly, I screwed up,” Torres said, adding that he wished to make amends to society and to the people whom he affected. He also told the judge that he wanted to self-enroll in a type of halfway house in Georgia.

Willmore stipulated a release provided that Torres’ residence is approved by Adult Probation and Parole and that Torres can not leave the state until the state compact has been approved. You are a smart person, Willmore said, you should be in school or doing something good with your life.

Torres was originally arrested Aug. 28, 2009 on suspicion of burglary of a dwelling and theft, according to the probable cause statement. During an interview with Utah State University Police Department, Torres admitted to taking a camera out of Richards Hall and trying to sell the camera to another individual on Aug. 18. After the admission Torres was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail.

The State of Utah charged Torres with burglary, a second-degree felony; theft of lost or misdelivered property, a Class-A misdemeanor; theft, a third-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class-A misdemeanor on Oct. 1.

Torres pleaded guilty to the last three charges and the second-degree felony charged was dropped on Nov. 18. On Dec. 29 Willmore sentenced Torres to an indeterminate term in the Utah State Prison not to exceed five years, but this term was suspended completely, according to the minutes of the sentencing. For all three charges Willmore sentenced Torres to a total of 1,095 days with a sentence review held four months from the date of the sentencing.

Torres was also placed on probation for three years with terms that included completing counseling for drug and alcohol, paying restitution of $4,000, writing a letters of apologies, completing theft therapy among other counseling, and to pay all fines included in his sentence.

Torres said at the sentence review before being released that he has paid a large part of the restitution and will use his tax return to pay more, that he has written letters of apology that are pending approval, and that he intends on seeking and enrolling in all of the necessary counseling.

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