Carbon County Sheriff's Office
Former Carbon County Sheriff's Capt. Guy Adams pleaded guilty Monday, April 16, 2012, to criminal mischief after keying three vehicles. He was ordered to pay a fine. Adams resigned from the sheriff's office last week.

SALT LAKE CITY — A former Carbon County sheriff's captain pleaded guilty Monday to criminal mischief.

Guy Adams, 44, pleaded guilty to the class A misdemeanor as part of a plea in abeyance, just days after tendering his resignation from the sheriff's office. The plea means that if Adams commits no additional violations of law for 12 months, the charge will be dismissed.

Adams, who served as Sheriff James Cordova's second in command since 1998, resigned from the sheriff's office last week.

In exchange for the man's plea, two additional counts of criminal mischief — a class A and a class B misdemeanor — were dismissed. Third District Judge Katie Bernards-Goodman also ordered that Adams pay $938 in restitution to Dave Smith Motors and just under $75 in restitution to the Syracuse Police Department.

On Jan. 5, in the gated South Salt Lake lot for Premier Vehicle Installation, 3038 S. State, Adams put scratches on the hood and doors of three vehicles — a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500, a Syracuse police department squad car and a 2006 Ford Expedition belonging to the U.S. Forest Service, causing more than $1,500 damage, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.

"There were approximately 10 vertical scratches ½ (inch) in length on the driver's door," a police report states.

Adams and Cordova were at the shop that day to have a vehicle of their own repaired. Cordova later confronted Adams about the damage. He denied causing it, but when informed there was surveillance video, Adams allegedly told Cordova, "I'd have to see the video. I don't think I did."

The owner of the lot told prosecutors that Adams contacted him twice offering to pay for the damages and said he would lose his job if the charges weren't dropped.

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