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Probation ordered for Utah man who assaulted school bus driver, neighbors

A South Weber man was sentenced to 24 months of probation and ordered to participate in a mental health program after police say he assaulted a school bus driver and threatened to shoot everyone on the bus.

A South Weber man was sentenced to 24 months of probation and ordered to participate in a mental health program after police say he assaulted a school bus driver and threatened to shoot everyone on the bus. (lusia83, Shutterstock)


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FARMINGTON — A South Weber man who assaulted a school bus driver through the window and threatened to shoot everyone on the bus has been sentenced to two years of probation, as well as a stint in a mental health program.

Barry Gene Bambrough, 57, was sentenced last week to two terms of one year in jail for assault against a school employee and assault against a peace officer, class A misdemeanors. But Judge David Williams suspended the jail terms and instead imposed 24 months of probation.

Bambrough was also sentenced in a separate case in which police say he went to a neighbor's home with two saws and a sledgehammer and said he would murder the family.

In that case, Bambrough was sentenced to one to five years in the Utah State Prison on a count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. Williams suspended the prison term, and ordered that Bambrough complete the Davis County Mental Health Court Program.

The sentences were part of a plea deal reached between prosecutors and the defense.

Bambrough was arrested in September 2022 after police responded to a report of an assault in the area of 1850 North and 75 West in Sunset. The substitute school bus driver told officers that he had been driving slowly in the neighborhood looking for the house of a student to pick up when Bambrough began shouting at him to stop the bus.

After the driver stopped, he told police that Bambrough hit him through the driver's side window and attempted to pull him out of the school bus.

"He told him to get out so he can kill him. He tried to pull away and the male individual told him he was going to go get a gun to kill him and whoever was on the bus," a police affidavit states.

The bus driver "was shaking and in tears," the affidavit says. "He stated there's three disabled students on the bus and an assistant. He ... feared for his life and the life of the others that were on the bus with him."

An officer then made contact with Bambrough at a nearby house. Bambrough yelled at the officer to get off his property, shouted expletives and threatened to "smash your head with my sledgehammer," according to police.

Bambrough then approached the officer with an electric guitar and electric hedge trimmer and ignored commands to drop the items and had to be forcibly detained.

On Sept. 13, 2022, three days before the school bus incident, police responded to a Sunset neighborhood where Bambrough's neighbors told police that he came to their home with two saws and a sledgehammer and said he would murder their family, according to court records. When the father went outside to intervene, Bambrough allegedly followed him around parked cars with the sledgehammer.

Court records also show Bambrough pleaded guilty in August 2020 to burglary of a vehicle and was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but the jail time was suspended and he was placed on probation for 24 months.

And in June 2018, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in an incident where he threatened two men with a BB gun, though the victims believed it was a real gun, court records show. Police say he also lay in the middle of the road and blocked traffic. In that case, Bambrough spent two months in jail and was put on probation for 24 months.

Correction: A previous version incorrectly said Bambrough is 66. He is 57.

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