Ogden man to be sentenced on same day of hearing for another burglary

Jan 14 2013 - 12:13am

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Jackie Fowers
Jackie Fowers

OGDEN -- A 55-year-old man finds himself in jail, facing charges of stealing copper only weeks after a jury convicted him of the same crime.

Jackie Fowers was convicted Dec. 7 by a 2nd District Court jury in Ogden that needed less than 90 minutes to reach a verdict on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and failure to stop at the command of a police officer, a third-degree felony, and class B and A misdemeanors, respectively.

Fowers was caught inside an Ogden warehouse Sept. 1, 2011, breaking in through a skylight, according to testimony. Fowers ran from police responding to the crime scene, the jury found, after he set off three burglar alarms. He had stacked pilfered items, mostly copper wiring and pipe, outside one of the warehouse windows. Also recovered was a hacksaw Fowers had in his possession.

Judge Noel Hyde let Fowers remain free pending sentencing, despite prosecutors' request he be taken into custody immediately after the verdict came in. Hyde set sentencing for Jan. 22.

Fowers was arrested again Jan. 2 on charges of burglary and class A misdemeanor criminal mischief. Fowers is being held without bail in Weber County Jail.

Police found him in possession of copper wiring and pipe, according to charging documents, after a break-in at an Ogden business across the street from his residence. Footprints in the snow between the structures matched Fowers' footwear, police say.

After Fowers' arraignment, the case was assigned to Hyde because Fowers' prior case was still pending before him.

Hyde scheduled a status conference on the new charges for Jan. 22, the same day Fowers faces sentencing for the December conviction.

Fowers' criminal record, largely drug offenses, dates back 23 years, according to the state courts database. The more serious offenses came in 1989, with multiple drug distribution charges that year.

Before the current charges, his last offense was in 2005.

The Weber County Attorney's Office declined to comment on Fowers latest arrest, even though officials there had asked Hyde to jail Fowers after he was convicted.

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