LOGAN — A 48-year-old Logan man was sentenced to one-to-15-years in prison for giving a young man a gun and encouraging him to commit suicide.
David Schofield appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. In July he pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.
State attorney Spencer Walsh told the court, the victim’s friends took him to Schofield’s Logan apartment while trying to help him through a time when he was despondent and suicidal. Police report, rather than helping though, Schofield gave the victim a loaded revolver and suggested that he shoot himself instead of just talking about it.
The young man used the gun, shot himself in the head and died as a result.
During sentencing, the victim’s father cried as he described his only son as being his “pride and joy.” He said, he had recently received a school scholarship and was engaged to be married. He asked the court to sentence Schofield to 20-years in prison, the age of his son when he died.
Schofield told the court giving the 20-year-old boy a gun was a bad judgement call and he wished he could trade places with the victim.
Judge Kevin Allen said though that Schofield continued to lack the courage to own up to what he did. He said couldn’t imagine what led him to give the victim a loaded hand gun.
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