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Logan man sentenced for providing alcohol to a minor

March 5th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Teresa Nield

LOGAN — A Logan man pleaded guilty in 1st District Court Tuesday to two charges of providing alcohol for a minor.

Jordan R. Phelps, 21, was sentenced by Judge Thomas Willmore to 180 days in jail, with all but two days suspended. Phelps was also given two days in the Cache County Sheriff’s Office work diversion program, and a $700 fine with a $33 security fee. In addition to the sentence and fines, Phelps will be required to complete alcohol counseling at Bear River Health.

Judge Willmore told Phelps, “We have a problem with underage drinking in this county and you contributed to it.”

Before the sentencing, prosecuting attorney Barbara K. Lachmar told the court Phelps was charged with three counts of selling alcohol to a 16-year-old girl. According to Lachmar, the mother of the girl found liquor bottles in the daughter’s room. When confronted, the daughter indicated that she had bought the alcohol from Phelps. Phelps’s attorney, R. C. Hansen, told the judge that the girl had told Phelps she was 21 but asked him to buy the alcohol for her. Judge Willmore questioned why someone who was 21 would need a second party to purchase alcohol for them.

In exchange for pleading guilty to two of the three charges of selling alcohol to a minor, the third charge was dropped and the remaining two misdemeanors were changed from class A to class B misdemeanors.


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