Former Daggett County Sheriff and Two Deputies Plead Guilty in Jail Scandal

The former Daggett County Sheriff and two of the men involved in this year’s Daggett County Jail Scandal have entered pleas in Summit County’s 3rd District Court. After striking a deal with prosecutors, former Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor official misconduct and as a result two other charges, failure of a sheriff to keep inmates safe and obstruction of justice, were dismissed. Jorgensen’s plea to official misconduct will be held in abeyance for 6 months and upon paying a fine and committing no new crimes can be dismissed. Former Lt. Benjamin Lail pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment which was a reduction from a count of felony aggravated assault. Lail was ordered to complete one year of court-ordered supervision. The man at the heart of the scandal, former deputy Joshua Cox, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, one count of transporting a weapon into a secure area, and one count of theft. Cox will be sentenced in November. According to a Deseret News report, Cox’s lawyer Loni DeLand implied after court that the scandal was blown out of proportion stating that “the inmates and the guards out there have a very close relationship” and the incidents involving his client were “fun and games.” Cases against former deputies Logan Walker and Rodrigo Toledo are ongoing. 

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.