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Final deputy in Daggett jail abuse scandal resolves case

PARK CITY — The final deputy facing abuse allegations at the Daggett County Jail has resolved the case against him.

Logan James Walker, 27, was scheduled to proceed to a jury trial starting Thursday. Instead, he recently pleaded guilty plea to official misconduct, a class B misdemeanor, in Summit County Justice Court. The plea will be held in abeyance for six months. He was ordered to serve six months of probation.

If Walker successfully completes his probation, the conviction may be dismissed.

Walker was one of four now former jail employees who were charged alongside ex-Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen last May.

After the case was filed, defense attorneys successfully argued to move the case to Summit County, arguing that Daggett County is simply too small and the case too high-profile for the court to seat an unbiased jury. The scandal prompted the Utah Department of Corrections to remove all of its inmates from the county's jail, essentially closing the jail that had been a major source of employment in the rural community.

According to prosecutors, Walker did nothing to intervene when his co-worker, former deputy Joshua Cox, mistreated and intimidated inmates with Tasers and untrained police dogs.

Cox pleaded guilty in September to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of transporting a weapon into a secure area, third-degree felonies, and theft, a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced in November to 120 days in jail.

Jorgensen, who resigned as sheriff in April before charges were filed, also entered a guilty plea in September to official misconduct, a class B misdemeanor, which will be held in abeyance for six months and may then be dismissed.

Former Lt. Benjamin Lail, who was the jail's commander, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, reduced from a single count of third-degree felony aggravated assault. He was accused of sparking a Taser at a female inmate's feet. A judge ordered him to complete one year of court-ordered supervision. If he violates the terms of his probation, Lail will be ordered to serve a year in jail.

Rodrigo Toledo, a former deputy, pleaded guilty in a separate hearing in Summit County Justice Court in September to official misconduct, a class B misdemeanor. The plea will be held in abeyance for six months, after which it may be dismissed.