Source: CVDaily Feed

LOGAN — A 29-year-old former Logan resident has pleaded guilty to stealing rental payments for an apartment complex near Utah State University.

Mitchell Ray Watson appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning accepting a plea deal from state prosecutors. He was originally arrested in September 2013 and charged with ten counts including forgery, a third-degree felony and misdemeanor theft.

State attorney Aaron Jossie said Watson was an employee at Blue Square Apartments, when he took several rent checks from tenants and cashed them into his own bank account.

Court records show Watson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in April. A jury trial was scheduled for October and later postponed after he entered an addiction treatment center in California.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Watson said his life was a wreck when he started treatment but feels like he is starting to get it under control.

Judge Brian Canell said he appreciated the fact that Watson was making good progress. He sentenced him to a year in the Cache County Jail but said he would suspend the sentence if he completed the rehabilitation treatment successfully. He also ordered him to pay $750 in restitution and be on probation for three years.