Logan man sent to jail for shooting outside apartment

LOGAN — A 35-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to one-year in jail for shooting at another man, outside an apartment building last August.

Luis Alvarez stood in 1st District Court Monday afternoon as Judge Kevin Allen sentenced him to 365-days in jail but gave him credit for three-months that he has already served. He was also ordered to write letters of apology to the victim and police officers who were called to the shooting.

On the morning of August 23, the victim went to the apartment near 255 West 300 North. Alvarez came to the door holding a 9 mm handgun and chased after the victim. As the two men ran down the street, Alvarez fired a single shot, missing the victim and striking a nearby building. SWAT Teams surrounded the apartment and later found him at a relative’s home, two-blocks south. Officers found two guns that he had allegedly tried to hide in a field behind the family member’s home. They also found drugs and paraphernalia inside his residence.

Defense attorney Bryan Galloway had claimed previously that the victim repeatedly harassed the woman who lived in the apartment, and Alvarez was merely protecting her. He told the court, the shot was not aimed toward the victim and was meant to just scare him away.

State attorney Spencer Walsh argued that the bullet actually ricocheted off the road, near where the victim had dropped his belongings. He said, “It was lucky no one was killed.”

Alverez told the court he should have handled the situation differently. He accepted responsibility and said it was nobody’s fault but his.

Judge Allen told the defendant he realized that he hasn’t had the best examples in his life, but sooner or later needs to man up. He expressed confidence in him and said he was going out on a limb by not sending Alverez to prison.

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