Judge sentences Smithfield man to jail and probation

Chad Laughlin, 27, is accused of assaulting a family member, Tuesday February 12, 2014 and violating his probation.  He was arrested in Barstow California March 5 and extradited back to the Cache County Jail. 

LOGAN — A 28-year-old Smithfield man, who barricaded himself in a downtown office building and was later arrested in California, has been given credit for 300 days he has already spent in jail and will remain on probation.

Chad Laughlin appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning after previously pleading guilty to four misdemeanors including possession or use of a controlled substance and assault.

In February 2014, Laughlin barricaded himself in a Logan office building restroom and threatened to commit suicide. After approximately an hour of negotiations with police, he surrendered and was turned over to medical personnel for treatment.

Several days later he was released from Logan Regional Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. He was picked up by a family member who he later reportedly assaulted, before fleeing the state in a white pickup truck.

Later in March, the truck was found by police outside a local motel in Barstow, California. Laughlin was found at a nearby mobile home park with a woman, later identified as his sister. He was arrested and transported back to the Cache County Jail.

During Monday’s sentencing, Laughlin’s attorney told the court his client had too much time on his hands in the past, and that led to many of his problems.

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