Former Logan man sentenced to jail after being on the run for 13 years

LOGAN — A 40-year-old former Logan resident, John R. Ratliff, who had been on the run for 13 years was finally sentenced in 1st District Court.

Ratliff appeared in court Monday with his attorney, Lauren Forsyth. She told the court that her client was addicted to alcohol, which had been the source of his problems.

Court records show Ratliff failed to show up for sentencing in April 2003 after he previously pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated assault and guilty to driving under the influence, both misdemeanors. At that time a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Ratliff remained on the run, reportedly living in Salt Lake, until he was arrested on January 25, 2016. He was later charged and pleaded guilty to possessing a forgery device, a third-degree felony, failure to disclose his identity and interfering with an arresting officer, both class B misdemeanors.

During Monday’s sentencing, Ratliff told the court he originally fled the area after losing faith in the justice system.

Judge Thomas Willmore said Ratliff failed to make any effort to even work with the system. He ordered him to serve up to a year in jail, and said he would allow him to be released once he completes a court ordered treatment program.

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