Andrew Lesky pleads guilty in joint plea deal

Andrew Lesky appears for a hearing in 1st District Court, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Logan, Utah. Lesky claims that the Cache County Jail confiscated his legal documents, and mail to his attorney, which will hinder him from helping in his defense of attempted aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping charges.

LOGAN — After more than three-years since the first charges were filed against him, Andrew Lesky has pleaded guilty. The 46-year-old former Idaho man accepted a joint plea agreement, saying he was tired of being in court every two-weeks.

Lesky appeared before Judge Thomas Willmore in 1st District Court Monday, after he previously filed a motion to recuse Judge Brian Cannell from his nine cases. Defense attorney Shannon Demler said under the agreement they would plead guilty to lying under oath, a second-degree felony, aggravated assault and theft, both third-degree felonies, and two misdemeanors of stalking and criminal mischief. As part of the plea, prosecutors dropped the 19 remaining charges.

Lesky is already serving a 30-year sentence for trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her then boyfriend, outside their Logan apartment. The jury of five women and three men found the defendant guilty after a two-and-a-half-week trial.

During Monday’s hearing, state attorney Spencer Walsh told the court how in October 2014, Lesky reportedly called the boyfriend’s employer, posing as a probation agent, and claiming the boyfriend was smoking marijuana. That was the basis for the stalking charge.

Walsh went on to describe how around the same time, Lesky allegedly slashed the boyfriend’s truck tires and broke into the ex-girlfriend’s home, stealing several paintings. Prosecutors charged him with criminal mischief and theft.

Walsh told the court, in September 2014 Lesky reportedly tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend, after she received a text message from another man. The assault led prosecutors to file the aggravated assault charge.

Walsh said the final case was filed after Lesky lied about when his relationship with the victim began, during the October trial. The defendant was charged with giving a false or inconsistent statement.

Lesky told the court the whole point of agreeing to the plea deal was in hopes of being sentenced immediately, saying it has become redundant, being transported from the prison every two-weeks for hearings.

Judge Willmore said he didn’t know enough about Lesky’s background to sentence him then. He ordered a pre-sentence report to be completed by probation agents and scheduled sentencing for August 7.

Demler said as part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to pursue a harsher sentence because of Lesky’s habitual offender status. He said they will be arguing for a sentence that will run concurrent to the 30-year sentence, the defendant is already serving. Prosecutors are expected to ask for the new sentence to run consecutively.

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