A Provo man will spend at least the next 10 years in the Utah State Prison after being sentenced Friday in 4th District Court for sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony.
Lance Alan Jackson, 29, 1375 W. 500 North #131, received a five-years-to-life sentence from Judge Ray M. Harding, with Harding implementing the 10-year minimum mandated under Utah law.A jury found Jackson guilty of the crime on Oct. 3. The charge resulted from Jackson's involvement with a 10-year-old girl on March 3.
The presentence report compiled by Adult Probation and Parole recommended that Jackson be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years. The report said the aggravating circumstances outweighed the mitigating circumstances and therefore a minimum 15-year sentence should be imposed.
Jackson's attorney, Gary Weight, objected to the report and requested a more in-depth evaluation of his client. Weight said Adult Probation and Parole failed to consider Jackson's intoxicated state at the time the crime was committed. He said the unfavorable report is a result of Jackson's unwillingness to cooperate because he does not remember committing the crime. Weight asked Harding to impose the five-year minimum sentence.
Prosecuting attorney Jim Taylor said Jackson's prior record and his failure to admit to the crime makes treatment difficult. He recommended that Harding follow the presentence report.
However, Harding said from his recollection of the trial he viewed the aggravating and mitigating circumstances as equal and, therefore, imposed the minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years. He ordered any parole be contingent on Jackson receiving treatment in an incest and substance abuse program.