LOGAN — A 32-year-old Cache County jail inmate has been sent to prison after confessing to stealing a truck and escaping from a work-release program.
Joshua M. Aders accepted a plea deal in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a second-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped a remaining charge against him.
On January 17, Aders fled from the American West Heritage Center, where he was employed as part of jail program. He stole the pickup truck and was last seen near Wellsville, wearing black and white striped trousers and a fluorescent green t-shirt.
Court records show Aders is originally from California. He was serving a sentence on charges of fraud, theft, failure to appear warrants, and drug related crimes. He was scheduled to be released in May.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Aders told the court what he did was selfish and a stupid mistake. He also waived his right to be sentenced at a later hearing, and asked Judge Brian Cannell to send him to prison. He explained that there was no reason for him to continue sitting in jail.
Judge Cannell granted Aders’ request, sentencing him to 1-to-15-years at the Utah State Prison. He told the defendant that he hoped he would make changes in his life and begin doing things the right way.