Smithfield man sentenced to jail for shooting outside LDS church

LOGAN — A judge sentenced Jason K. Summers to serve 90-days in jail Monday, after the 31-year-old Smithfield man previously pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

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. They took him into custody and later found a shotgun, believed to be the suspected firearm. He originally faced nine charges, including three felonies, but prosecutors later dropped seven of the charges because of evidentiary problems.

During Monday’s sentencing in 1st District Court, Summer’s attorney, Diane Pitcher said the reports filed by police officers contradicted the testimony given during a preliminary hearing in July.

State attorney Aaron Josie previously acknowledged that some of the evidence in the case was improperly obtained.

Summers had said before that his actions on the night of the incident stemmed from his addictions to drugs and alcohol.

During Monday’s court appearance, Summers apologized to the victim for his “poor choices.”

In addition to the jail sentence, Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Summers to be on probation for one-year. He also prohibited him from possessing any firearms.

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