Man accused in burglary of LDS Meetinghouse
35-year-old man, in addition to juvenile, is suspected
LOGAN, Utah- Jim Michaels, a 35-year-old man, and a 15-year-old juvenile have been accused of being involved in the burglary of the meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that took place last week, early Thursday, January 31, at 900 North 1600 East in Logan, Utah.
Michaels and the juvenile face trial in a preliminary court March 21.
Prosecuting attorney Noel Mayfield believes that there is “plenty of incriminating evidence” to be presented in court. Mayfield seeks the maximum punishment for both Michaels and the unnamed 15-year-old.
Intriguingly, this is not the first time that Michaels and the unnamed juvenile have intruded on the law together.
“I’m definitely going to seek for the maximum of the law for these two individuals… they are acquaintances, I can say that much… they have committed crime together in the past,” Mayfield commented.
While Mayfield is committed to seeing justice be done on these two individuals, Robbie Cochran, the defense attorney representing Mr. Michaels, doesn’t believe there is sufficient evidence for his client to be proven guilty.
“There is concern (over the evidence for the case). My client doesn’t want to go to jail… I don’t even believe (Michaels getting prosecuted) is an issue. I’m surprised that the judge even called a trial, because I believe (what Mayfield has against Michaels) is flimsy evidence.”
On the other side, Noel Mayfield claims that there is forensic-type evidence that she can present in opposition to Michaels and the 15-year-old. According to Mayfield, Michaels faces six months to a year in jail for the burglary of the meetinghouse on account for breaking and entering the building.
Mayfield refused to release any additional details of the burglary.
Judge Alan Mayfield is to run the trial. Michaels has posted a bond of $5,000 in his defense.
Cochran strongly opposes Judge Mayfield in this case.
“This will be an interesting trial because Judge Alan Mayfield (no relation to Noel Mayfield, prosecuting attorney) is unpredictable. You never know what side he is going to go on.”
Sheriff Geoffrey Hasty, who has been involved in the burglary since it first happened last week, remains involved in the accusation and will appear in the court March 21.