A Bountiful woman whose false claim that she had been raped caused a man to spend almost two months in jail will spend 10 days in the Davis County Jail, a 2nd District judge ordered this week.
Joan Davis, Bountiful, was sentenced on her guilty plea to a charge of making a false material statement, a second-degree felony.Judge Rodney S. Page sentenced Davis to one to 15 years in prison, then stayed the prison term, putting her on probation and ordering her to spend 10 days in jail. He also ordered her to continue to receive psychological therapy.
Davis in March told Bountiful Police that a man had entered her apartment, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her. The man was arrested and charged with aggravated rape, a first-degree felony that carries a life prison term.
He spent 56 days in jail, awaiting trial. It wasn't until a few days before his trial that Davis admitted the story was untrue, according to prosecutors.
A pre-sentence report prepared by Adult Probation and Parole recommended Davis also spend 56 days in jail.
Page reduced her jail time but said he wouldn't waive it completely because "it's only fair that you at least have some feeling for what the victim went through in that time."