Judge gives Andrew Lesky maximum sentence for remaining charges

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 — A judge has given Andrew Lesky the maximum sentences for the remaining charges against him. However, Judge Thomas Willmore said under state law, the sentences must run concurrent with the 30-years-to-life that the 46-year-old is already serving. That means the former Idaho man will not have any extra time given to him.

Judge Willmore told Lesky that he deserved a consecutive sentence in every way, especially for assaulting his then girlfriend and lying in court during his trial. “You took an oath to tell the truth and you didn’t,” said Judge Willmore. “As I look at your history and character, I don’t see much there.”

Lesky appeared in 1st District Court Thursday morning after previously pleading 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.

In December, Lesky was sentenced to two terms of 15-years-to-life in prison, for trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her then boyfriend, outside their Logan apartment. The sentencing came after a jury of five women and three men found the defendant guilty, after a two-and-a-half-week trial in October.

During Thursday’s sentencing, Lesky told the court his criminal problems revolved around jealousy for his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. He admitted that if he hadn’t fought the legal system and pleaded guilty in the beginning, he would likely be out of jail. Now, he will be at least 76-years-old before being considered for parole.

Public defender Shannon Demler filed the motion for the concurrent sentences. He explained that since his client was already given the consecutive 30-years-to-life, state law said the new sentences couldn’t be added on top of it.

Judge Willmore explained that he interpreted the statute the same way, but would like to see someone challenge it. He said he would welcome clarification, if prosecutors chose to appeal his ruling.

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