A Layton teenager who admitted participating in an August attack on a Utah Highway Patrol trooper had his two concurrent prison terms stayed Tuesday in District Court but will serve out the remainder of a six-month jail sentence.
Jared L. Valentine, 18, 631 E. 20th North, pleaded guilty in November to the shotgun attack on patrolman John T. Mitchell in August and to a July burglary of a Layton convenience store.Judge Rodney S. Page in December ordered Valentine to undergo a 90-day diagnostic evaluation at Utah State Prison, and Valentine returned to court Tuesday for sentencing.
The judge sentenced him to concurrent zero-to-five-year prison terms on his guilty pleas to charges of failure to stop at the command of a police officer and burglary.
Page stayed the two prison terms and ordered Valentine to serve six months in the county jail, giving him credit for the 113 days he has already served.
The judge fined Valentine $600 on each count and ordered him to pay $1,575 in restitution to the UHP for damage to Mitchell's vehicle and up to $10,000 restitution for the cash and checks stolen in the burglary.
Valentine's co-defendant, Michael K. Polete, also 18, 610 E. 20th North, Layton, is serving two concurrent one-to-15-year prison terms for his role in the shotgun attack on Mitchell and the burglary.
The two admitted to fleeing from Mitchell early on Aug. 8, leading him on a chase through Layton. The chase ended when shotgun blasts from Valentine's and Polete's car struck Mitchell's cruiser, disabling it.
In statements to the police, Polete admitted to both driving the car and sticking the shotgun out the driver's side window and firing at Mitchell's cruiser.
Mitchell suffered minor injuries from flying glass and debris from the shotgun blasts.