Prosecutors drop charges against Smithfield man accused of shooting outside LDS Church

LOGAN — State attorneys have dropped multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against Jason K. Summers who was accused of breaking into a LDS Church and shooting at a neighbor. The 31-year-old Smithfield man accepted a plea deal as the prosecutor acknowledged evidentiary problems in the case.

Summers appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning, pleading guilty to possession or use of a controlled substance and discharging a firearm, both class B misdemeanors. In exchange for his plea, state attorneys dropped seven remaining charges, including three felonies and four misdemeanors. The plea will keep him from a possible prison sentence.

Police arrested Summers July 7 after a man called 911, claiming he was shot at while confronting the defendant, attempting to break into a Smithfield LDS Church. He was taken into custody and arrested. Police later found a shotgun, believed to be the suspected firearm.

State attorney Aaron Josie said Summers had loaded the gun with a salt rock round.

Summers has been in jail on $40,000 bail since being arrested. Judge Thomas Willmore said he would allow him to be released while waiting to be sentenced, but ordered him not to have any contact with the victim.

After pleading guilty, Summers told the court he screwed up and acknowledged having a problem with drugs and alcohol.

Judge Willmore said he noticed a big change in Summer’s attitude.

Outside the courtroom, Josie said they had to drop the charges because of how some of the evidence in the case was obtained.

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