Lesky returns to court accused of lying during his jury trial

Andrew Lesky is taken out of 1st District Court following his sentencing on Tuesday. Lesky was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

LOGAN — A former Idaho man, Andrew J. Lesky, who was sentenced last year to at least 30-years in prison for aggravated assault and kidnapping, was back in court as prosecutors allege that he lied during his two-and-a-half-week jury trial.

Lesky was transported from the Utah State Prison Tuesday morning, to appear in 1st District Court. He was recently charged with three new counts of making false statements, a second-degree felony. He still faces a list of other charges, including burglary, a second-degree felony, aggravated assault, damaging the jail and theft, all third-degree felonies and 17 misdemeanors.

Prosecutors claim Lesky lied during his trial, telling the jury that he didn’t have a gun when he confronted his ex-girlfriend and her now husband, in October 2014.

During the trial, the victims described how the defendant approached them while they were outside their Logan apartment. He brandished the 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. He was later sentenced to prison.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Shannon Demler asked the court for a preliminary hearing, so they can see prosecutor’s evidence.

Judge Brian Cannell set the hearing for March 20, and will determine then if Lesky will be bound over on these new charges.

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