SALT LAKE CITY — A Fort Duchesne man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for shooting at federal agents as they chased him.
Jarvis Charlie Cuch, 28, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors in December to assault on a federal officer and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.
As part of Cuch's deal, after he serves his prison time he will be required to complete five years of supervised release.
Officers had tried to pull Cuch over for speeding outside Vernal in December 2016. He fled from them, hitting speeds in town of 90 mph. The vehicle eclipsed 100 mph as Cuch approached Vernal on U.S. 40.
Cuch admitted in December that as he drove, he had reached out the window and fired two rounds from a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.
Vernal police and Uintah County sheriff's deputies spiked the vehicle's tires in Vernal, bringing it to a stop and arresting Cuch.
A convicted felon, Cuch was prohibited from possessing a gun.
In August 2015, a federal judge had sentenced Cuch to 30 months in prison for a firearms violation. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons transferred Cuch to a halfway house in Salt Lake City in August 2016. He left the halfway house without permission in September 2016 and was considered an escapee.1 comment on this story
U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber has pointed to Cuch as an example of federal prosecutors going after high-priority offenders in federal firearm violation cases in order to make the community safer.
"This is the type of guy we go after. … If you can take a guy like Jarvis Cuch out of the Uinta Basin for 12 years, there will be a conspicuous sigh of relief among the residents of Roosevelt and Vernal. Because this guy is a wrecking ball," Huber said earlier this month.
He added: "If you take out a felon with a gun who is sitting in your neighborhood, and now they're going to go to federal prison, that makes the neighborhood safer. That's the concept."