LOGAN — A judge has sentenced Erasmo J. Garcia to jail, warning him that he could end up in prison if he continues to break the law. The 24-year-old Logan man attempted to escape from jail in September, walking away from a work release program.
Garcia appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty in October to escape from official custody, a third-degree felony.
Garcia was being incarcerated at the Cache County Jail on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence when he failed to return after being granted work release. Two days later he was spotted by deputies in the Hyrum area during a traffic stop.
Juliann Kirkham, a 29-year-old Logan man, was driving the car, with Garcia as his passenger. The two led deputies on a brief high-speed chase into Blacksmith Fork Canyon. They abandoned the car on the side of the road and tried to flee on foot. A K-9 searched the area and located the suspects.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, Garcia apologized to the court. He said he felt like the lights have been turned out in his life because of his wrong choices. His public defender, Shannon Demler, said his client was a good man but does some stupid things sometimes that are short sighted.
State attorney Barbara Lachmar also noted Garcia’s long criminal history and trouble with drugs. She said, “At some point, his history dictates his future.”
Judge Brian Cannell ordered Garcia to serve six-months in jail, but gave him credit for the two he has already served. He expressed hope that the defendant could change his life but warned that he is running out of options.
Monday, Kirkham was sentenced to zero-five-years in prison for his involvement in the September chase.