LOGAN — A 25-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to jail for his role in a string of burglaries over the past two years. Kyle A. Lewis told the court he wanted to change his life as he was ordered to serve 150 days behind bars.
Lewis was sentenced Tuesday morning in 1st District Court. He previously pleaded guilty to multiple felonies and misdemeanors, occurring from 2017, until he was arrested this summer.
In June, Logan City police responded to a burglary at the Days Inn. The victim told officers that Lewis and Stormi J. Schweppe, a 23-year-old Smithfield woman, had stolen several valuables from his room. The three had gone to a department store earlier. While there, Lewis and Schweppe said they forgot something in the victim’s room and left to retrieve it.
When the victim returned to his room, the belongings were gone. Video surveillance later showed Lewis and Schweppe enter the room and leave with the items.
As police were gathering evidence, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle driven by Lewis. Inside the car, he found the stolen property. The vehicle was also determined to be stolen.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, public defender Shannon Demler blamed his client’s behavior on a combination of depression and over-whelming financial debts. He asked the court to sentence Lewis to the time he’d already served, so that he could be released and begin straightening his life out.
Lewis told the court he had made some “dumb choices.” He admitted that he won’t have a life left, if he continues down the road he is on.
Cache County deputy attorney Barbara Lachmar said she was concerned about releasing Lewis immediately, believing that he would go back to committing crimes. She suggested giving him more time in jail but allowing him to have work and counselling release.
Judge Brian Cannell said if it wasn’t for Lewis’ young age, he would be sending him to prison. He gave the defendant credit for the time he had served, meaning Lewis will remain behind bars for another month-and-a-half. He told the defendant it was time to prove himself.
Court records show that Schweppe has been placed in Drug Court, a rehabilitation program that is overseen by a judge. She has been released from jail on pre-trial supervision.