FARMINGTON -- A man who ran from police because he wanted to kill himself has been sentenced to serve 60 days of home confinement with work release, 60 hours of community service and 12 months' probation to the court.
"I applaud you for the steps you've taken since July 12, 2012," Judge Glen Dawson said to Brian Skidmore at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
Dawson suspended a prison sentence of up to five years for a third-degree felony conviction in favor of the probation sentence.
Dawson had Skidmore, 51, turn and look at his family and friends who came to support him before he sentenced him.
Skidmore was supposed to be sentenced in April, but Dawson decided to take an extra three weeks to review the presentence report and a motion filed by defense attorney Scott Sanders.
"It has become clear that I've become emotionally invested in this case and in Mr. Skidmore," Sanders said.
Sanders had filed a motion March 26 asking the judge to reduce a third-degree felony to a class A misdemeanor.
Skidmore was found guilty of the charge in a bench trial March 7. Sanders did not ask the judge to reduce the other three convictions: use of a dangerous weapon in a fight, a class A misdemeanor; and two class B misdemeanors, carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol and interference with an arresting officer.
Dawson said he could not reduce the felony at this time, but "I'd just be delighted to see you a year from today and sign off when that year is over."
Dawson also ordered Skidmore to continue with his mental health treatments and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Sanders said Skidmore ran from police July 22, 2012, because he wanted to end his life, not because of any criminal activity.
"It went out of control," Sanders said. "Mr. Skidmore is a gentle man."
Skidmore led police on a chase that ended at a duck club in North Salt Lake. Following a four-hour standoff, Skidmore shot himself in the neck and was hospitalized. Following his hospitalization, Skidmore was booked in Davis County Jail and then was released on bail.
Since then, Skidmore has been getting treatment for depression and alcoholism.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Brandon Poll said, "It does feel like we're somewhat removed from the incident."
Poll said a minimum sentence of 45 days in Davis County Jail would be appropriate for Skidmore's convictions.