Standing before a judge in 1st District Court for the first time since being arrested, Matthew Cole Jensen opted to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday, June 21. Jensen will appear in court to stand trial July 2 for his role in a string of vandalism and graffiti from June 8-11.
A long-time Cache Valley resident, Jensen is a recent high school graduate and requested bail to be reduced so that he could be released to stay with his parents until standing trial.
Bond was reduced from $50,000 to $20,000, but will remain at $50,000 if paid as a property bond. Officials estimate that the property damage done to trailers, apartments, churches and businesses is between $50,000 and $75,000.
Prior to the hearing, Jensen was seen talking and laughing with one of the Sherriff’s deputies while Jensen’s attorney pulled his parents out of the courtroom to discuss Jensen’s options. Upon returning, Jensen’s mother was in tears while being comforted by family members.
Jensen and three other individuals – Dustin Kirby, Andy Chanthalsay and a juvenile that has not been identified – were arrested after police questioned one suspect and obtained information indicating involvement in the crime spree. Jensen and his accomplices tagged more than two dozen businesses, churches and other buildings with symbols of anarchy.