Source: CVDaily Feed
LOGAN — A 34-year-old North Logan man accused of walking into the Cache Valley Hospital, brandishing two handguns and threatening the staff before being shot, has pleaded guilty.
Jason Burr waved his right to a preliminary hearing in 1st District Court Wednesday morning before accepting a plea agreement.
Under the agreement, Burr pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon within 1000 ft. of a school, a second-degree felony. He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, also a third-degree felony. The additional five charges were dropped.
Outside the courtroom, Cache County attorney James Swink said the prosecution was pleased with the plea agreement because it brings closure to the victims involved.
“The defendant is subject to one-to-15 years in the Utah State Prison,” said Swink. He has pled guilty to three felonies and that gives the state and the court all the tools to make an appropriate sentence, including maximum time in the Utah State Prison. It gives the judge that same opportunity had we carried this through to the conclusion of a trial.
Swink also said the plea agreement prevents victims, who are still traumatized, from having to testify against Burr in a trial.
During Wednesday’s court appearance, Swink said Burr had been receiving treatment from a pain doctor at the hospital in early May. He was given a two-week prescription of Percocet and on the morning of May 16, he returned to the hospital’s emergency room lobby wanting more pain drugs.
Burr pulled two handguns from his waistband and began yelling profanities and threats to the staff. He was shot by Adult Probation and Parole agent Clint Lund
Defense attorney David Perry said Burr’s actions that morning were a cry for help and uncharacteristic. He said, Burr told him he expected to die the day he went to the hospital emergency room.
“Mr. Burr wanted to commit suicide but he couldn’t do it himself and so he was hoping the cop would do it,” said Perry.
Burr is being held in the Cache County Jail and is scheduled to be sentenced September 15.