LOGAN — A 48-year-old Logan man has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, for his part in giving a young man a gun and encouraging him to commit suicide.
David Schofield entered his plea during an appearance in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. The plea was part of an agreement to an amended charge of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.
State attorney Spencer Walsh told the court, the victim’s friends took him to Schofield’s Logan apartment while trying to help him through a time when he was despondent and suicidal. Police report, rather than helping though, Schofield gave the victim a loaded revolver and suggested that he shoot himself instead of just talking about it.
The young man used the gun, shot himself in the head and died as a result.
Schofield was later arrested and is being held in the Cache County Jail on $100,000 bail. He has a previous felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced to August 24 and could face one-to-15-years in prison.
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