LOGAN — A 21-year-old Hyrum man, who was convicted of robbing a fast food restaurant and multiple drug offenses, was sentenced to a drug rehab program or face a possible prison sentence. Levi Peiffer has been in and out of jail since robing the Hyrum Subway in December 2016.
Peiffer appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to his latest arrest of possessing methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. He was previously convicted of robbery, a second-degree felony; attempted distribution and possession of a controlled substance, both third-degree felonies; and a misdemeanor drug charge.
Defense attorney Wayne Caldwell described that as part of the deal, prosecutors agreed not to ask for incarceration, if Peiffer would successfully complete The Otherside Accademy. It is a two-year in-patient drug program and vocational training facility in Salt Lake City.
Caldwell said this was his client’s last chance. “Hopefully it will change his way of thinking.”
Cache County deputy attorney Spencer Walsh explained that if it weren’t for the terms of the deal and the strict program, he was prepared to ask the court to send Peiffer to prison. He noted how the defendant had previously been kicked out of Drug Court and immediately went on the run.
Judge Thomas Willmore expressed doubt that Peiffer would complete the program successfully. Speaking to the defendant, he said, “I don’t have much hope for you.” He warned Peiffer that a possible 10-year prison sentence would be imposed if he did not comply with the rehab program.
In 2016, Peiffer and Hector Miguel Olascoaga-Carreno robbed the Subway Restaurant in Hyrum. Carreno walked into the sandwich shop, early on the morning of December 19. The then 17-year-old was wearing a ski-mask and threatened employees if they didn’t give him money. He left with $150. Peiffer stood by the door of the restaurant and acted as lookout. The two men we’re arrested hours later at a nearby apartment complex.
Carreno was ordered to be tried as an adult. He was sentenced to serve up to two-years in jail and later deported.
During Monday’s hearing, Peiffer was ordered to be transported to the rehab program within the next couple days. He remains in the Cache County Jail, held without bail.