Young Ward man sentenced to probation for domestic violence case

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — A judge has sentenced Michael Durand to probation, telling the 40-year-old Young Ward man that he’ll be sent to prison if he breaks the law again.

Durand was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony, and one count of stalking, a class A misdemeanor.

In November, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Durand after receiving a complaint that he was a suspect in a domestic violence case. While monitoring him, detectives tracked him to the workplace of a female individual and also to a city in Box Elder County, where he left a death threat on the car of a male individual.

SWAT teams apprehended Durand later and executed a search warrant on his home. They found multiple firearms and a large amount of ammunition. He was later booked into the Cache County Jail.

During Tuesday’s sentencing, defense attorney Shannon Demler said Durand has had a lot of time to think about what happened. He told the court, his client wants to be a good member of society again.

State attorney Jacob Gordon asked the court to send Durand to prison. He explained the harsher penalty would help the defendant realize the severity of the crime, and the impact it had on the victims.

Judge Brian Cannell said the court was a bit torn about what to do in Durand’s case. He sentenced him to wear an ankle monitor during the first 90-days of probation. He also ordered him to have no contact with the victim, own any firearms, or have another intimate relationship before completing anger management counseling.

Durand said he would never be in court again, after Judge Cannell threatened to send him to prison if he violates his probation.

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