OGDEN -- Even though Jason Valdez was in a wheelchair, the judge denied his request for a furlough to visit his dying father on his way to prison.
Valdez, 37, was in 2nd District Court on Wednesday for hearings related to his armed standoff with police in June at the Western Colony Inn downtown.
That incident left him wounded in an apparent suicide attempt when police stormed his room.
His injuries have confined him to a wheelchair since.
Valdez achieved some notoriety by posting to Facebook during the 16-hour ordeal that began when he barricaded himself in the motel as police tried to serve him with a drug warrant.
He is charged with kidnapping, for allegedly holding a female friend hostage, and attempted aggravated murder for firing at police.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced by Judge Ernie Jones to a prison term of one to 15 years on the original drug charge he has pleaded guilty to, while a May 23 status conference was set on the other charges.
After the sentence was pronounced, Valdez's defense attorney asked the judge to consider a furlough for Valdez before he was transported to prison. Valdez wants to visit his father, who has been given six months to live.
Then, in lieu of a trip to the man's deathbed, the judge was asked to consider the furlough for his funeral.
Jones said no.
"The only way to classify him is as a danger to the community," the judge said in looking over Valdez's criminal record, which dates back 19 years.
"He's just someone who is not safe to release, given his violent history," Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said in arguing against the furlough requested by Valdez's public defender, Randall Marshall.
Valdez's record as aired in court includes a 2003 state prison term, a 2004 stint in federal prison and numerous parole violations that sent him back to prison.
Smith said Valdez's record also includes another armed standoff with police in the past with less dire results.
Throughout the June standoff with police, Valdez posted comments and a photo of his alleged hostage, who appeared relaxed, to Facebook. Even after the standoff ended, comments -- mostly negative and topping 27,000 -- continued to be posted by others to Valdez's Facebook page.
Valdez is accused of narrowly missing two SWAT officers at whom he fired as they broke into his room through the wall of an adjoining room of the Western Colony Inn.