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North Logan man sentenced on heroin charge

April 14th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Emily Pannell Johnson

LOGAN—A North Logan man was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday for possession or use of a controlled substance, heroin.

Christopher Robert Larsen, 22, was sentenced to serve up to five years in the Utah State Prison by Judge Thomas Willmore, but the sentence was suspended on condition of Larsen’s successful completion of 36 months of probation, supervised by Adult Probation & Parole. Larsen was ordered to serve 60 days in the Cache County Jail, with credit for three days served. The judge ordered a fine of $1,000 with a $33 court fee. Larsen will be required to complete aftercare and all other recommended therapy, in addition to attending a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

Although prosecuting attorney Barbara K. Lachmar recommended only 30 days in Cache County Jail, Judge Willmore noted that Larsen was one of three young men in court that day for heroin use.

“It’s going to be understood that in my courtroom you’re going to get more than 30 days [for heroin use],” Willmore said. “Heroin has become a curse in this community.” Willmore said the only reason Larsen was receiving 60 days in jail rather than 90 days was because Larsen voluntarily completed a 30-day rehabilitation program.

Larsen was granted work search and work release time; Willmore told Larsen that he must have full-time employment within 14 days and he is to maintain that employment. “That’s a big problem with drug addicts; they bounce around from job to job,” the judge said.

Larsen was originally charged with possession or use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and possession or use of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony; however, the misdemeanor charge was dropped on March 1, and the felony charge, to which Larsen pleaded guilty, was reduced to a third-degree felony.


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