Information is gleaned from court records, police reports and interviews with the Sanpete County Attorney’s Office. All individuals are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Wesley Earl Hansen, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II/analog. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with 357 days suspended, and fined $750. He was placed on 24 months probation to be supervised by Adult Probation and Parole. Additionally, he was ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and to pay for and complete any recommended treatment.
Wallis Jarid Clark, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of possession or use of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor. Clark was stopped on Highway 117 by Trooper Anthony Snap for a broken taillight. While questioning Clark, Snapp observed a small blue baggie containing a crystalline substance in Clark’s vehicle. Subsequent investigation revealed another baggie containing drugs. Clark was arrested, and drug tests revealed the substance in the baggies was methamphetamine.
Clark was sentenced to 364 days jail time, all of which was suspended, and fined $750. He was placed on 24 months probation with Deputy Greenwell and ordered to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and to pay for and complete any recommended treatment.
Francisco Andres Avila, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal mischief, a third degree felony; two counts of possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II/analog; driving with a measurable amount of controlled substance, a class-B misdemeanor; and speeding, an infraction. Ten other counts against him were dismissed.
Mr. Avila was on probation at the time of his arrest. His probation was revoked, and he was ordered to serve a 364-day jail sentence.
Jacqueline Faamanatuga, 28, pleaded guilty to a single count of giving false personal information with intent to be another actual person, a class A misdemeanor. Faamanatuga was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for not making a full stop at the intersection of SR-117 and Highway 89 (Strait Junction). When Sheriff Deputy Dallin Pace asked her name, she gave her sister’s name rather than her own.
A search of the vehicle turned up drugs and the woman’s social security card that revealed her true identity. Asked why she had lied, she told the deputy she knew she had warrants and didn’t want to be arrested. She was nonetheless arrested and taken to jail.
Faamanatuga, who was on probation at the time of the arrest, had her parole revoked and was sentenced to 220 days in jail, with credit given for 52 days previously served, with an additional 30 days credit if she successfully completes a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program. A single count of possession of a controlled substance marijuana/spice, a class B misdemeanor, was dismissed.
Christopher Scott Monroe, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, each third degree felonies. Monroe was pulled over on SR-132 about a mile south of Chester by Moroni Officer Robert Hill, who said Monroe was traveling 40 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Monroe was on parole at the time.
A search of his vehicle revealed a significant quantity of methamphetamine packaged for sale and a bag of dried mushrooms, along with a large quantity of used needles, several glass pipes and plastic tourniquets for IV use. He was accompanied by a woman identified as Lisa Mickelsen and a child.
Both Monroe and Mickelsen were arrested. The child’s father was notified, and he retrieved the child
Monroe’s parole was revoked, and he was sentenced to an indeterminate term in state prison not to exceed five years. The sentence was revoked in favor of reimposition of the original prison term for which Monroe was on parole. A charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed.
Crystal Dawn Givens, 31, pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault, a class-A misdemeanor. Counts of assault, criminal mischief, and commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child, all class-B misdemeanors, were dismissed.
Givens was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with 244 days suspended. The jail term was stayed based on successful completion of the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) program. MRT is a group therapy program designed to increase moral reasoning by addressing issues of ego, social, moral and positive behavioral growth.
She was placed on 36 months parole to be supervised by Adult Probation and Parole and was fined $750.
Angel Lee Lowe, 21, pleaded guilty to burglary, a second degree felony; possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second degree felony; and possession or use of a controlled substance, a second degree felony. Lowe was sentenced to one to 15 years on each count. Theprison terms were suspended, as was a total of $57,099 in fines.
Lowe was ordered to successfully complete The Otherside Academy and an intensive residential rehabilitation program. If he fails to complete the program, all prison terms and fines will be reinstated. He was placed on 36 months’ probation to be supervised by the 6th district court.
Shaun Aaron Shoemaker, 44, pleaded guilty to distributing or offering or arranging to distribute a controlled substance, a second degree felony; theft by receiving stolen property, a third degree felony; and possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II/analog, a class A misdemeanor.
On or about Sept. 5, 2021, Shoemaker was stopped by law enforcement at a cemetery adjacent to the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF). Officers had been tracking phone calls between Shoemaker and an inmate at CUCF and heard them arranging to have Shoemaker drop off drugs to be picked up by the inmate.
When Shoemaker exited his vehicle, he was in possession of a package containing Suboxone and heroin. He was detained, and during a search of his vehicle, law enforcement discovered Suboxone wrappers, heroin, methamphetamine, syringes and a bong.
Shoemaker was pulling a trailer with a side by side Polaris ATV on the trailer. Both the truck and trailer were stolen. The vehicle did not have any insurance, nor did Shoemaker have a valid driver’s license.
A first degree felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance was dismissed, as was a third degree felony charge of theft by receiving stolen property. Two class A misdemeanor possession charges, a class B misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, and class C misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle without insurance and driving on a suspended or revoked license were also dismissed.
Shoemaker was sentenced to one to 15 years on the second degree felony distribution charges. An indeterminate sentence not to exceed 5 years for theft by receiving stolen property charge was suspended. Shoemaker was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 36 months’ probation to be supervised by Adult Probation and Parole.
Bobby Jo Larson, 44, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II/analog, a class A misdemeanor, and retail theft (shoplifting), a class B misdemeanor.
Larson was in the company of a William Bacus at the time of the theft. When Deputy Sheriff Jordan Garff arrived at Walmart, Bacus was already in the vehicle in which he and Larson had arrived, and was attempting to leave the premises. Garff pulled him over and was informed by dispatch that Bacus had an outstanding warrant. He was placed under arrest.
Larson was found hiding in a dumpster. According to the loss prevention person at the store, Larson had placed approximately $90 worth of items in a bag without scanning them and attempted to leave the property. On her way out of the store, she shoulder-butted an employee who was trying to stop her.
A search of the vehicle turned up a glass pipe with meth residue in it. Larson said she didn’t know the pipe was there, but later admitted that she had used meth within the past twenty-four hours.
Larson was sentenced to 364 days in jail for the class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, schedule I/II/analog charge, and 180 days in jail on the class B misdemeanor retail theft charge. Both jail sentences were suspended, as was a $6716 fine. She was placed on 24 months intensive probation with Deputy Greenwell. The amount of restitution in the case will be determined within 60 days and a restitution order entered by the court.