FARMINGTON -- A psychologist who worked with soldiers has been sentenced to jail time for robbing a bank here.
Dr. Kenneth Allen Deherrera, 57, of Salt Lake City, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 250 days in Davis County Jail, receiving credit for the 168 days he has served since his arrest Dec. 8, 2010, when he turned himself in.
Deherrera appeared with his public defender, Todd Utzinger, in 2nd District Court before Judge David R. Hamilton.
Deherrera pleaded guilty April 13 to a second- degree felony attempted aggravated robbery.
He was originally charged with one count of first-degree felony aggravated robbery for robbing the U.S. Bank inside Smith's in Farmington on Dec. 8, 2010.
According to court documents, Deherrera gave the teller a note saying that she "is being robbed." He then put his hand inside his coat, leading the teller to believe he had a weapon.
Later that night, wearing the same clothes he wore during the robbery, Deherrera walked into Davis County Jail, with the money, to turn himself in.
Also Wednesday, Hamilton ordered Deherrera to serve three years' probation with Adult Probation and Parole and to get a mental health evaluation.
In lieu of paying fines, Deherrera was ordered to do 200 hours of community service, and Hamilton said, "You can use this as a transition time when you get out of jail until you find a niche for yourself."
Hamilton said he is concerned what Deherrera will do with his time once he gets out of jail, because the guilty plea may mean Deherrera will lose his license to work as a psychologist.
When asked what he planned to do, Deherrera said, "I'm not sure."
Deherrera, who became weak and needed to sit through part of the hearing, said, "I think I may be able to teach."
Deherrera's work as a psychologist included counseling soldiers, as well as patients at Davis Behavioral Health Inc. and Davis County Jail, Hamilton said.
Hamilton said he received numerous letters from friends, family and work colleagues offering support to Deherrera.
"Clearly, this is an aberration," Hamilton said about the robbery. "This really came out of left field. You've helped a lot of people over the years."
Before Deherrera was sentenced, Utzinger said Deherrera had a difficult time coping with the intense counseling he was giving clients who were soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Deherrera ended up leaving his job. Then, following a few other incidents, including the death of his mother and two suicide attempts, Deherrera, "on the spur of the moment, decided to rob a bank," Utzinger said.