A Sandy veterinarian will serve 60 days in jail for an April animal clinic burglary.
Third District Judge Robin Reese sentenced Kim Calvin Hazen, 41, to 355 days in jail and a $1,000 fine Friday after he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary of a building, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with the April 7 break-in at the Alta Veterinary Hospital. Hazen will also pay $419 in restitution.In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a class B misdemeanor charge. Reese suspended all but 60 days of the sentence. After he is released, Hazen will be on probation for two years.
Hazen is a key witness in the prosecution of Leo Taylor, 70, a popular West Jordan veterinarian who is heading to trial for allegedly practicing on a suspended license. Hazen's arrest could undermine the state's case against Taylor.
Hazen worked at the Alta hospital between August and January, according to the hospital's lead vet, John Whiteley. Three months later, police say Hazen broke into the hospital, pried open a cupboard and took a locked box of narcotics.
Sandy police confronted Hazen at his home the next day. He consented to a search, then confessed to the theft after detectives found the broken drug box, said Sgt. Kevin Thacker.
Hazen has also been charged in connection with a similar burglary in Ogden May 16. Charges allege he broke two windows to get into the Ogden Animal Hospital, where he had recently worked.
Police chased him and said they discovered stolen tranquilizers in his pocket.
Hazen has been charged in 2nd District Court with burglary, a third-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor. He is scheduled for his first court appearance there June 4.