LOGAN — A 35-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to two-months more in jail, after attorneys and the court expressed satisfaction with how he was trying to change his life. David W. England was ordered to serve 80-days in jail but given credit for the 20 he had already served. He was also directed to follow a nightly curfew after being released and complete several counseling treatment programs.
England appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning after admitting to stealing more than $20,000 in a string of home burglaries. He previously pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary, one count of theft, and one count of unlawful use of a credit card, all third-degree felonies; along with two misdemeanors.
Police first began investigating England after a neighbor reported that someone had broken into their attached garage and stolen a bike helmet and cooler. Two weeks later, he pulled up alongside two detectives, sitting inside a police vehicle, and asked them what they were doing in his neighborhood.
England first denied any knowledge of the crimes. He said he was searching the neighborhood himself looking for three juveniles that he claimed to have seen going through vehicles and garages.
Police later obtained a warrant to search England’s truck, where they found several of the stolen items. While interviewing him, he admitted to entering the residences and taking some of the valuables.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, England said he wished to apologize to the victims of the community and his family, for the trust he took away from them. He thanked officers for catching him, which caused him to start evaluating his life.
Earlier, defense attorney Herm Olsen explained how his client was a “mess” one-year ago, he was getting a divorce, losing his job, and addicted to alcohol and drugs. He said it was good news that England got caught because it got him back onto the right path.
Cache County deputy attorney Barbara Lachmar said she was also happy how England had progressed. She expressed concern still, noting the victims were significantly impacted by the severity of these crimes.
Judge Brian Cannell agreed with Lachmar, noting a lot of people were impacted and didn’t feel safe in their own homes because of England’s behavior. He told the defendant that he expected him to stay on track.