LOGAN — A judge has sentenced Andrew J. Lesky to at least 30-years in prison for the aggravated assault and kidnapping of two people.
First District Court Judge Brian Cannell, who has overseen the case for more than two-years, said whenever Lesky has opened his mouth, he couldn’t tell whether the defendant was telling the truth or not. He sentenced him to serve two consecutive terms of 15-years-to-life in prison, on two charges of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping. He also ordered Lesky to serve two terms of five-years-to-life, on the first-degree felony charges of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. Those sentences will run concurrent with the 30-years.
In October 2014, Lesky was arrested and charged with trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend. During the trial, the victim and her now husband described how the defendant approached them while they were outside their Logan apartment. He brandished a handgun and told the couple to go inside. When they refused, he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the man, cutting his clothing.
On October 26, 2016, a jury of five women and three men found Lesky guilty after a two-and-a-half-week trial.
During the Tuesday morning sentencing, Judge Cannell said if it hadn’t been for the victim’s courage on the night of the assault, there would have been a deadly outcome.
Lesky told the court he wished for a lesser sentence so that he could have a shot at his life back. He said a sentence of more than 15-years would be like life to him because of his age.
Lesky told the court he plans to appeal. He is scheduled to appear again January 10 on four additional felonies and 17 misdemeanors, in other cases.
Judge Cannell also ordered a search of Lesky’s jail cell after state attorney Spencer Walsh said the defendant had allegedly bribed another inmate to hurt the victims. He said, it was also believed that he was keeping a list of law enforcement’s personal information, including some social security numbers.
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