A Pleasant Grove man, found guilty of attempted manslaughter by a jury in September, will spend 90 days in the Utah County Jail with work release.
Christopher Bevard, 27, 535 N. 1300 West, Pleasant Grove, was sentenced by 4th District Judge Cullen Y. Christensen Friday to less than five years in the Utah State Prison. But Christensen suspended the prison sentence and placed Bevard on 36 months of intensive supervised probation, fined him $500, ordered him to pay restitution and serve the jail time.Bevard was originally charged with attempted homicide in the Feb. 10 shooting of Richard Houston. A jury found Bevard guilty of the lesser charge, a third-degree felony.
The sentence handed down by Christensen was stricter than the one recommended by Adult Probation and Parole and public defender Kent Willis but lighter than what the victim and his family hoped for. The presentence report recommended a six-month jail term, and Willis asked for four months.
Houston and his sister told Christensen they are concerned for their safety and feel threatened by Bevard. Bevard apologized for his attitude during the trial, and his father asked the judge to consider the opinions of professionals when handing down the sentence.
Christensen ordered Bevard not to have any contact with the victim and said the attitude he exhibited during the trial needed to change.
Christensen ordered Bevard to begin serving the jail term Oct. 19. But Willis asked for and received a hearing for Thursday to determine if the sentence should be delayed while an appeal is filed.