OGDEN -- A man prone to singing in court a year ago was sentenced Wednesday to Weber County Jail for marijuana use and bribery, with credit for time served in the state's mental hospital.
Bryant Wright, 21, of Roy, was arrested April 14, 2011, in Riverdale after an officer responded to a call about youths smoking marijuana behind a restaurant on Riverdale Road.
Found with marijuana in his possession, according to charging documents, Wright offered to bribe Riverdale Officer Brandon Peterson, who was driving him to jail at the time, with $1,000. When Peterson declined, Wright then offered $1,200, documents state.
The incident was captured on video with audio by the patrol car's in-car camera.
At a scheduling conference two weeks after his arrest, Wright in open court was singing and humming, and making bizarre statements as 2nd District Judge W. Brent West ordered psychological evaluations.
"Thanks for beaming me up, Scotty," Wright told West at the time.
Wright was subsequently found incompetent to stand trial and spent most of May 2011 in a psychiatric ward at McKay-Dee Hospital before a near-four-month commitment to Utah State Hospital, according to court records.
The commitment to the state mental hospital eventually "restored Wright to competency" as his medications were adjusted, court records show.
On Wednesday, Wright told West he had only a vague recollection of the "beam me up" remark and apologetically said he had been experimenting with drugs at the time.
West sentenced Wright to a year in jail, with 259 days' credit for time served for the May 6-23 stay at the McKay-Dee unit and the Sept. 1-Dec. 14 stay in the state hospital in Provo.
Wright will serve a total of 106 days in jail as part of his three years on probation.
In a plea negotiation, Wright had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of class A misdemeanor bribery, reduced from a second-degree felony, and misdemeanor drug counts.