Sentencing postponed for Layton woman

Jade M. Ballif, 26, who pleaded guilty to eight felony charges of felony, theft and forgery.

LOGAN — A judge has postponed sentencing a 26-year-old Layton woman, originally facing 35 charges of felony theft, burglary, forgery and other misdemeanor charges.

Jade M. Ballif appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. She was scheduled to be sentenced after accepting a plea deal in February, pleading guilty to eight charges.

State attorney Spencer Walsh told the court, Ballif stole heirlooms and other items from her family. She then pawned the items for money to support her drug habit.

Walsh said Balliff’s family had tried to help and love her but felt like the court should give her a substantial sentence, to give her a wake-up call.

Defense attorney Brian Galloway said he hoped the court would consider ordering Balliff into drug court, a weekly program that includes counseling and rehabilitation.

Balliff tearfully told the court she felt like she needed something strict where she is accountable every day.

Judge Kevin Allen said a sentence of jail and drug court would be more beneficial than prison. He said due to the severity of the crimes, he wanted more time to consider both options. He rescheduled sentencing for April 13.

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