man will serve 30 days for aggravated assault
October 26, 2007 | LOGAN -- David Matthew Funk, 34,
Mendon, was sentenced Monday by Judge Clint S. Judkins
to spend 30 days in Cache County Jail, fined $1,500
and put on probation for five years for aggravated assault,
a a third-degree felony.
Funk choked on his words as he spoke through tears,
expressing his regret for physically beating Chet Parker
on April 27, 2007. "I regret what this has done to my
wife and kids," Funk said, taking a tissue offered by
the bailiff, his hand visibly shaking.
Lt. Troy Thurston summarized the police report, stating
that Funk pulled up behind Parker at Beto's Mexican
restaurant in Logan. He began aggressively honking his
horn, implying that Parker needed to pull forward. Funk
continued to honk until he exited his vehicle, approached
Parker's car and began yelling at him, eventually punching
him through the open window.
"At this point Parker exited his car, and heated words
were exchanged," Thurston said. Parker implied he had
a gun, and Funk asked directly if he had a gun. When
Parker reached behind his back in a way that made Funk
believe he was retrieving the weapon, "Funk repeatedly
struck Parker, causing him to fall to the ground," Thurston
said. "Funk took the weapon from Parker's body and threw
it down, then left."
The report further states that Parker was found at
the scene semi-lucid, then quickly became dizzy and
disoriented. Officers called for an ambulance to take
him to Logan Regional Hospital.
"A person has a right to defend himself, but the question
is did he do more than that?" attorney Jamie Swink argued.
According to Swink, Parker underwent facial reconstructive
surgery estimated at around $20,000.
Funk currently attends anger management sessions,
which Judge Judkins ordered he continue. He also ordered
Funk to pay full restitution and write Parker a letter
of apology. Funk was escorted from the courtroom to
be moved directly to Cache County Jail to serve out
his 30-day sentence. His family left as well, suppressing