Judge sentences Logan burglar to 15 years in prison

Roy Meyer, 30, in 1st District Court, Tuesday March 18, 2014. Meyer faces 15 charges and is suspected of burglaries in Cache, Salt Lake and Duchesne counties.

<span style=”font-size: 12px;”>LOGAN — A judge has sentenced a 30-year-old Logan man to 15 years in prison, for burglarizing homes and stealing more than $40,000 in property from Cache County residents.</span>

Roy Meyer appeared in 1st District Court with his attorney, Shannon Demler Tuesday morning.

Demler told Judge Brian Cannell that Meyer’s history is deplorable and boils down to his drug addiction. He asked the court to consider sentencing him to a halfway house or drug addiction program.

Meyer told Judge Cannell, “I’m sick and tired of this life. I moved here to get away from drugs and found just as many drugs here. I started stealing to support my drug habit”

“We could be here all day talking about all the people I’ve hurt,” said Meyer. “This ain’t the life style I want but I just don’t think prison is the answer.”

State attorney Tony Baird reminded the the court that Meyer’s criminal history began in 1991. He told Judge Cannell, “The best thing is to put him away for a longtime so he won’t take advantage of anymore people. Society need to see, you do this type of stuff, you are going to prison.”

Judge Cannell said even though he wished he could help Meyer with some kind of addiction program, he had to protect the public.

Meyer was sentenced to the statutory maximum, 15 years in the Utah State Prison for the charge of theft, a second-degree felony. He was also sentenced to five-years for each of the additional burglary and drug possession charges, all third-degree felonies. The sentences will run concurrently.

Meyer and his girlfriend, Kaitlin Blakeslee, 23, were arrested for multiple robberies in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, Hyrum, Nibley, and Logan. Some of the recovered items were also tied to burglaries in Salt Lake and Duchesne counties.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said sheriff’s deputies served a warrant to a trailer-home where Meyer and Blakeslee were living at 350 West 800 South. Inside they found appliances, furniture, construction tools, hand tools and other merchandise believed to have been stolen. A vehicle at the residence also had items inside, also believed to have been stolen.

Meyer originally faced 17 charges before accepting a plea agreement April 10, pleading guilty to seven charges with the other 10 dismissed.

Blakeslee remains in the Cache County Jail. She is currently attending drug court.

<hr /><p style=”text-align: center;”>will@cvradio.com

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