LOGAN — A judge has sentenced Jaime Gallardo to one-year in jail for robbing a woman outside the Cache Valley Mall last year. Judge Kevin Allen said the case was very concerning to the court.
Gallardo appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. The Logan man previously had pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.
On November29, Gallardo approached a woman as she was getting inside her car, outside the mall. The woman told officers, the defendant put his hands against her ribs as if he was holding some type of object. He took her wallet and drove away from the scene.
As officers were speaking with the woman, one of her credit cards was used at a south Logan department store. As police put out an attempt to locate the vehicle, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled it over in Wellsville.
During Monday’s sentencing, public defender Bryan Galloway explained that what Gallardo did was terrible and put the community in fear. He said his client didn’t have a weapon on the night of the robbery, and was high on prescription medication and street drugs.
State attorney Griffin Hazard told the court he was also concerned with Gallardo’s actions. He said even though prosecutors want to help people with substance abuse, the defendant’s addictions had made him a danger to the community.
Through an interpreter, Gallardo said he regretted what he had done and hoped the victim would forgive him. He told the court, he wanted to change his life by going back to school and getting married.
Judge Allen told Gallardo he was lucky not to be going to prison. He gave the defendant credit for the time he had already spent in jail. He also ordered him to write a letter of apology to the victim.
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