UTAH STATE PRISON — David Thomas Schofield is serving a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for illegal possession of a gun.
But as Adult Probation and Parole member Denise Porter pointed out to Schofield during his parole hearing on Feb. 12, the charge doesn't accurately reflect what really happened that night.
On June 13, 2015, 20-year-old Bradley Stewart Wenneberg, who battled depression and suicidal thoughts, went to Schofield's Logan home seeking help.
Instead, Schofield handed a gun to Wenneberg and told him, "If you're going to do it, then pull the (expletive) trigger," he said.
Wenneberg took the .38-caliber handgun, put it to his temple and fired, according to police.
Schofield was convicted of illegally possessing the gun, a second-degree felony, and negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor.
In a recording of his parole hearing at the Utah State Prison, Wenneberg's father and stepmother asked Porter to keep Schofield, now 51, incarcerated.
"I don't think enough time has passed to grant freedom," said Brad Wenneberg Sr. "I feel that the community would be at risk if parole is granted at this time. I believe we need more time to evaluate this inmate to make 100 percent sure this doesn't happen to another innocent soul."
"He is a threat to the public and should remain incarcerated for the full 15 years, which is a slap on his hand," concurred Alaina Carerra. "I feel like his heart is black, he has no soul, and does not have any remorse."
Neither Wenneberg or Carerra said Schofield's name when speaking, only referring to him by his inmate number.
When asked if he had any response to their comments, Schofield apologized to the family.
"I definitely feel sorry for the things I've done. And I know no amount of apology that can make up for what I've done," he said. "There is no excuse. There's none."
Schofield, who has a history of psychological struggles of his own, told Porter he has been "trying to get back on the right track" while in prison by being put on the right medication and getting into treatment. He said he struggles with "auditory hallucination."
"It kicks into my head and then it just constantly feeds content negativity, tells me I want to hurt people, just flip out, just punch 'em, just do whatever, just get 'em away from you," he said. "This is how my head thinks when I'm not on my medication, and sometimes when I'm on my medication."1 comment on this story
Schofield admitted that he has a hard time being around people, which he says is "stressful" and can trigger the voices in his head. He said to be successful once he is released, he has to stay on his medication and get into therapy.
"You need to get stable," Porter told him. "Your behavior was completely inexcusable."
Porter also acknowledged Schofield had been making efforts to improve himself while in prison.
The full five member board will now vote on whether to grant parole. A decision was expected two to three weeks after the hearing.