LOGAN — A judge has sentenced 36-year-old Dustin T. Wilcox to prison, saying the North Logan man has become a dangerous person.
Wilcox was arrested last summer, after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife outside a Nibley home, while she was trying to retrieve the couple’s children. The victim claimed that he took her car keys, and threw her cell phone into a nearby field as she was trying to video the assault.
Wilcox shook his head repeatedly as he appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon for sentencing. He told the court, there were a lot of things in his past he wished that he could change. He apologized for his actions against his ex-wife saying he was a drug addict.
In January, Wilcox accepted a plea deal, pleading “no contest” to one count of violating a protective order, a third-degree felony and two misdemeanors. As part of the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining 10 charges against him.
During Monday’ sentencing, the victim pleaded with the court to send Wilcox to prison. She tearfully described how probation and protection orders had not protected her and her children. She said the recent murder of three Preston, Idaho children by their father, 37-year-old Tate Spillet, who then killed himself, is a tragic example of what her ex-husband is capable of doing.
Defense attorney Wayne Caldwell argued to have his client be placed on probation, stating he struggled from mental health issues in addition to drug addictions. He said sending the defendant to prison would not help the situation.
State attorney Jacob Gordon said Wilcox had continually violated the rules before and after his arrest. He said, the defendant had shown he can’t control himself. He stated the best thing for society at this point, was to take Wilcox out of it.
Judge Kevin Allen sentenced Wilcox to the maximum term of zero-to-five years in the Utah State Prison. He said it would be up to the State Board of Pardons, to determine when the defendant would be released.
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