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Woman to serve up to five years for aggravated burglary and assault in Wayne County

A woman will spend up to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of entering a home with a gun and threatening the family who lived there, Wayne County judge orders.

A woman will spend up to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of entering a home with a gun and threatening the family who lived there, Wayne County judge orders. (Utah Courts)


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HANKSVILLE, Wayne County — A woman will spend up to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of entering a home with a gun and threatening the family who lived there.

According to one woman who lives in the residence, Wells entered the home, approached the woman and "pointed a weapon at the back of her head and threatened her and her five children, saying over and over, 'I will blow your (expletive) head off,'" according to charging documents. The documents said she walked around the house looking for people and broke down doors using her gun as a battering ram.

Jericha Wells, 31, pleaded guilty on Nov. 14 in 6th District Court to aggravated burglary and aggravated assault, both third-degree felonies and was sentenced immediately by Judge Alex Goble to spend up to five years in prison for each count.

Multiple other third-degree felony charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal, including charges for theft, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and multiple counts of aggravated assault, and two class B misdemeanors were dismissed, making a threat of violence and criminal mischief.

The sentences will run concurrently, and also at the same time as a sentence in an arson case where she was accused of intentionally setting a trailer on fire on May 15, 2021.

She previously entered a plea in abeyance to the arson charge which required Wells follow certain conditions, including no law violations for 36 months, and in exchange a conviction would not be entered. Because of the newer charges, the plea in abeyance was not followed and a guilty plea was entered on Nov. 14. She was also sentenced to up to five years in prison on this charge.

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Emily Ashcraft joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. She covers courts and legal affairs, as well as health, faith and religion news.

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