Instead of four years of college, a former student leader at Viewmont High School will spend one to 15 years in the state prison, a 2nd District judge ordered Tuesday.
Jaim S. Carroll, 18, Bountiful, was ordered to serve the prison term after a 90-day evaluation shows he is suffering from deep psychological problems, in addition to alcohol and drug addiction, Judge Douglas L Cornaby said.Public defender Steve Vanderlinden argued against prison, saying Carroll is bright and was a student body leader at Viewmont. He has an offer of a full four-year scholarship at a local university, based on his academic record, Vanderlinden said.
Sending Carroll to prison would be the end of the road for him, not a new beginning and a chance to bring him back into the community, Vanderlinden said.
Carroll pleaded guilty to a charge of theft, a second-degree felony, after admitting he broke into the home of relatives in Centerville last May, stealing furniture and compact discs. An additional robbery charge is pending in Salt Lake County, according to court records.
Cornaby said the 90-day evaluation shows Carroll has deep-seated psychological problems and that he suffers from fragmented thinking, is being deceitful and self-indulgent and has trouble dealing with reality.
Those problems can't be worked out through a community mental health program, the judge said, but can be treated through programs available at the prison.