Source: CVDaily Feed
LOGAN — A 27-year-old Nibley man was sentenced to jail for calling 911 and reporting a gunman at the south Logan Walmart. Jimmie Willis made the call to avoid being arrested during a traffic stop in November 2015.
Court records show, Willis appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. Judge Thomas Willmore sentenced him to up to one year in jail and gave him credit for the 48-days he had already served.
In April, Willis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of obstructing justice, making a false alarm and driving on a denied license.
On the afternoon of November 19, 2015, Willis called 911 and reported that there was a gunman at the south Logan Walmart. The prank call caused a scare among customers and prompted police to temporarily lockdown the store and other surrounding businesses.
Investigators later determined the call came from Willis who had been pulled over by an officer, making a traffic stop. He later admitted to making the call to lure the officer to the more important public safety incident and avoid being arrested. He was later booked into the Cache County Jail after SWAT team members surrounded his Nibley home.
During Monday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Willmore set a review date for November 6, when he will consider early release, based on Willis’ performance in jail.