FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old Kaysville man who robbed a Walgreens in September, causing seven area schools to go into lockout, said it was a shoulder injury that caused him to get addicted to pain pills.
Christopher Allan Carter, whose sentencing hearing was held Tuesday, Dec. 15, will serve 210 days in the Davis County Jail and participate in the jail’s substance abuse program. In addition to these measures, Carter will serve three years probation with Adult Probation & Parole.
Carter told the court and Judge Glen Dawson that he injured his shoulder a year ago, didn’t have health insurance and made the decision to self-medicate.
“I realized I hit rock bottom when I saw myself on the news,” Carter said. “My dad went with me to turn myself in.”
Carter entered guilty pleas in November to one count of robbery and one count of distribution of a controlled substance, both second-degree felonies.
In court, Carter apologized to his family, “the beautiful city of Kaysville” and the court for the robbery.
Carter told the judge that after he turned himself in, he cooperated with police by giving back all the drugs he took from the Walgreen’s pharmacy, as well as his cellphone with his contacts in it.
“I never want to let my family down again,” Carter said.
Carter was originally charged with one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors.
Dawson suspended two sentences of one year to 15 years at the Utah State Prison in favor of the probation and jail sentence. However, Dawson did not give credit to Carter for the time he’s served in jail since turning himself in Sept. 15, several hours after the robbery.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major said in court that Carter is “a young man. This is a serious crime, but he’s screaming for help.”