FARMINGTON -- Military personnel sat quietly on the back row, while several women wept openly on the second row in a courtroom during the sentencing hearing of Air Force Sgt. Tchaikovsky Jordan Crosley.
Crosley, 24, who is stationed at Hill Air Force Base, was dressed in a suit as he appeared before Judge Thomas L. Kay on Thursday in 2nd District Court, where he was sentenced to one count of second-degree felony robbery.
"I want to openly ask God to forgive me," Crosley said, his voice breaking several times during his statement. "I offer my sincere apologies to the victim, my family, my community and to my squadron."
Family members of Crosley attended the hearing.
Kay sentenced Crosley to serve one year in Davis County Jail and to three years of probation with Adult Probation and Parole. A sentence of one to 15 years in Utah State Prison was suspended, but could be imposed if Crosley violates his probation.
Richard Essary, media relations spokesman with Hill Air Force Base, wrote in an email that base officials have worked with local authorities on the case since Crosley was arrested in April.
Crosley's wife, Kenyata Cherrelle Crosley, 23, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to a charge of class A misdemeanor obstruction of justice for her role in the robbery. She was sentenced at the time to serve one year of informal probation to the court and pay a $350 fine.
Crosley's attorney, Stephen Howard, said his client, from the first time they met, "acknowledged what he did was wrong. He knows he had hurt his community and his family."
Howard asked Kay to sentence Crosley to only probation and no jail time so he could continue getting mental health treatment.
Howard said Crosley has undergone three extensive in-patient treatments, as well as outpatient treatment, for mental health issues since his arrest.
"Mental health is not an excuse for what he did, but it does set the stage," Howard said. "He had a rough start in his life, to put it mildly."
Crosley suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse as a child, then enlisted in the Air Force and was deployed, Howard said.
Howard said Crosley was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, plus several other disorders, including anxiety and bipolar, which "affected his thought process."
Crosley served in the military "very honorably and with distinction," for the past five years, Howard said. "But when he fell apart, he did it in a pretty dramatic way."
Kayle Bush, who was the only clerk at LoanMax when it was robbed, spoke in court.
"My life has been changed dramatically," Bush said, her voice shaking. "I couldn't keep my job. I'm scared to stay by myself, and I'm scared of unknown male figures. I was scared that day that I wouldn't see my son again."
Bush said her husband serves in the military, but "my view of the military has not been tarnished."
Crosley agreed in court to pay for any counseling Bush may need in the future.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Jason Nelson said if the robbery was truly an "aberration in (Crosley's) life, he will have time to prove it. If not, he goes to prison after he serves a year in jail."
Nelson said even though Crosley had lived an exemplary life before the robbery, punishment should happen to anyone "who points a loaded gun at a woman."
Kay said before he sentenced Crosley that there is not a "set of laws for people who are abused, a set of laws for people whose parents were drug addicts ... We all live by the same set of laws."
"What happens to you in the future," Kay said, "depends on you."