LOGAN — A 28-year-old Logan has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of multiple theft and burglary crimes. Albert Hernandez was ordered to serve at least 1-15-years behind bars after most recently being arrested in April.
Hernandez was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He previously pleaded guilty to 12 felonies and 7 misdemeanors. The crimes all occurred during the last two years.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Griffin Hazard called Hernandez “a significant menace to society.” He reminded the court of when the defendant was on probation previously and tried to flee from Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, leading them on a high-speed chase into Black Smith Fork Canyon. He also recounted other police pursuits where Hernandez would drive into oncoming traffic, in attempt to force officers to terminate their chase.
Griffin said, “This is not one incident, it is what he always does. He is consistently putting people at risk. He has no respect for authority. He is going to kill someone.”
Earlier, public defender Shannon Demler said Hernandez went off the rails and out of control. He expressed hope that his client could change and asked the court for another chance at drug rehabilitation.
Hernandez spoke only briefly. He apologized to the court and said he was embarrassed for his actions. He admitted that he was a drug addict and said, “he knew better and was raised better.”
Judge Kevin Allen agreed with the prosecution and called Hernandez’s behavior, “totally unacceptable.” He said it was clear that the defendant put his own life and the lives of others in danger. He issued the maximum sentence for each of the crimes, explaining that the sentences would all run at the same time, giving the Utah State Board of Pardons control of how long Hernandez is incarcerated.
Judge Allen told Hernandez, “You can decide how your life goes from here and it starts tomorrow.” He also ordered that he pay more that $11,000 in restitution to the victims.