LOGAN — The jury trial for a 34-year-old Nibley man, accused of starting a fire in his mother’s house, has been postponed while he works through another felony case in southern Utah. Christopher L. Lescoe remains in jail on $21,000 bail since being arrested in March.
Lescoe appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He was previously charged with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; and six misdemeanors or infractions.
Public defender Mike McGinnis asked the court to cancel the trial scheduled for later this month. He explained that his client is scheduled to be sentenced on June 3 for discharging a firearm, a third-degree felony. Lescoe said the crime occurred in August 2017, after police arrested him for setting up a handgun target shooting range in his garage, within Cedar City limits.
On March 3, police report Lescoe was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Logan, while driving his mother’s vehicle. When his brother and mother confronted him about the accident, he became combative and barricaded himself inside her home.
While inside, Lescoe started the house on fire in an attempt to take his life.
Deputies outside the home attempted to negotiate with Lescoe. They witnessed him moving furniture around and lighting the interior curtains on fire.
Lescoe eventually exited the home through the garage. He was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation and a laceration to his arm. He was transported to the Mental Health Unit at Logan Regional Hospital for treatment and later arrested.
During Monday’s court appearance, McGinnis asked the court to allow Lescoe to enroll in Mental Health Court, a weekly supervised program, overseen by a judge. Cache County deputy attorney Dane Murray objected, due to the severity of the most recent charges.
Lescoe spoke only briefly, telling the court that he wanted some mental help.
Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Lescoe to appear again in court June 10.