Superdell Gets Probation & Fine
Dell Schanze Gets Probation For Lying To Police
(KUTV / AP) WEST JORDAN Former computer store owner Dell Schanze gets one year of probation -- for lying to police officers last year about a confrontation with angry residents in Draper. He must also attend a class for "thinking errors."
The sentence was handed down on Wednesday by Judge Royal Hansen, who also ordered that Schanze pay a $552 fine and attend a course that teaches people how to make appropriate decisions.
Schanze would have to pay roughly $2,400 in fines and face 180 days in jail if he breaks probation.
Schanze was accused of speeding through a Draper neighborhood on May 21, 2005. Prosecutors say when he was confronted by angry residents, Schanze brandished a handgun.
Schanze, a concealed carry permit holder, says he never brandished his gun. Instead, he accused the angry residents of threatening him. Schanze's young daughter was with him during the confrontation.
He was charged with brandishing a weapon in a fight, giving false statements to police and reckless driving. At a later trial, Schanze was found 'not guilty.'
However, a jury convicted Schanze of lying to police about the confrontation. The reckless driving charge was reduced to class C misdemeanor speeding at the start of the trial when Schanze admitted driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Schanze is known for wacky commercials promoting his former company, Totally Awesome Computers.
From Salt Lake Tribune:
'Super Dell' fined for speeding, lying to police
By Stephen Hunt
Salt Lake Tribune
WEST JORDAN - For speeding through a Draper neighborhood last year, and then lying to police in connection with an alleged gun brandishing incident, an unrepentant "Super Dell" Schanze was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months probation and fined $522.
Third District Judge Royal Hansen also ordered Schanze, 36, to provide proof he had completed a class designed to correct "thinking errors."
Defense attorney Michael Bassett claimed Schanze had already completed a so-called "cognitive restructuring" class as part of his recent sentencing for buzzing Interstate 15 near Draper in his paraglider in May. The judge said he wanted to see the Draper court paperwork.
Prosecutor Christopher Bown had asked the judge to send Schanze to jail for two days because of his "attitude problems."
Schanze, Bown said, "doesn't feel he is subject to the same rules as the rest of us." He said Schanze had used the media to "mock" the justice system and the jury, which in May acquitted him of a class A misdemeanor gun brandishing charge.
Bown claimed Schanze committed several thinking errors during the brandishing episode, including inappropriate interaction with police officers.
"When talking to the police, you either invoked your rights [against self-incrimination] or you tell the truth," Bown said.
Schanze allegedly pulled a 10mm Glock from his pocket after three angry residents confronted him about speeding through their neighborhood on May 21, 2005.
Later, when writing a statement for police, Schanze claimed he pulled a cell phone from his pocket, but omitted any mention of a gun. The jury convicted him of writing a false statement, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail.
Prior to the start of the trial, Schanze pleaded guilty to speeding 50 mph in a 25-mph zone, a class C misdemeanor.
On Wednesday, Judge Hansen suspended the potential jail term on the false statement conviction.
But Hansen warned that "180 days are waiting, if you don't follow through" with the probation requirements, which include no new violations of the law.
After the hearing, Schanze remained adamant that he never lied to police.
He said his failure to mention the gun in the police report was "irrelevant" because he had the legal right to possess and use the weapon to protect himself and his 8-year-old daughter.
According to trial testimony, one of the residents picked up a rock and threatened to break the tail lights on Schanze's black Jaguar.
After Wednesday's sentencing, Schanze said the judge had opted to be "politically correct," rather than "standing up and saying, 'This is bullcrap.' "
Schanze called the prosecutor "a loser" for charging him with crimes he didn't commit.
"Maybe I'll get killed and be charged with illegal bleeding," Schanze quipped.
Schanze insisted that by having a gun - which he claims he held behind his back and never pointed - he prevented anyone being injured that day. Without the gun, he said, there would have been a fight and, because he is has black belt in karate, "two guys would have been killed."
"Of course I had a gun that day," he added. "All responsible citizens should carry a gun" to avoid becoming crime victims.
Schanze also delivered his usual rant against the news media, claiming biased reports about the gun brandishing incident destroyed his multimillion-dollar Totally Awesome computer business.
Asked what he had learned from the court experience, Schanze replied: "I've learned the extent of how evil you [reporters] are."
From Deseret News:
Schanze gets a fine, probation
'Super Dell' ordered to stay on good behavior for a year
By Linda Thomson
Deseret Morning News
WEST JORDAN — A judge has sentenced Dell Buck Schanze, the former computer mogul of "Super Dell" TV commercial fame, to pay a fine and stay on good behavior on probation for 12 months for misdemeanor counts of speeding and making a false written statement to police.
Third District Judge Royal Hansen on Wednesday suspended a 180-day jail sentence, imposed a $285 fine, charged $207 for the speeding citation and ordered Schanze to take a "cognitive restructuring course," which assists people in learning how to detect errors in their thinking.
Defense attorney Michael Bassett said Schanze already had taken that course at Sandy Counseling after being directed to by Sandy Municipal Court in connection with a separate misdemeanor paraglider incident. Hansen said if he receives paperwork indicating the course has been completed, he'll consider that as possibly satisfying the requirements of his sentence.
A smiling, denim-clad Schanze spoke at length in rapid-fire fashion telling the judge a class regarding "thinking errors" was unnecessary and could give a bad impression via the media.
"Why in the world would you want to change the thinking of a self-made millionaire who's lectured at almost every college in the state?" he asked. "Yes, I'm exuberant and outgoing and a positive thinker. I'm extremely mentally stable, and I'm not one who would be a danger to society."
"I appreciate your input, Mr. Schanze," the judge said, adding that Schanze has the right to appeal if he chooses.
Prosecutor Chris Bown said he does not think Schanze is a bad person but said he is dangerous because he thinks the rules that apply to others do not apply to him. Bown said Schanze has shown no remorse in this case and twice has paraglided into situations in Draper that caused problems — once when police were trying to deal with a suicidal man armed with a gun and once when firefighters were fighting a blaze and Schanze tried to get the heat updraft for his aircraft.
Outside the courtroom, Schanze denounced the prosecutor as "a loser," said the judge was trying to be politically correct, and stated news reporters — who are "swayed by Satan" — were spreading lies that destroyed his computer business and poisoned the jury against him. He called on reporters to repent and said he'd work with anyone who wanted guidance.
"If I was a really bad guy, would any of these news reporters be alive?" Schanze asked. "Ask yourself that question. You know you all have the ability to repent because of the grace of God, but you are still alive to do it, because of the grace of Super Dell."
He said he was sorry for speeding but insisted he did not mislead the police.
A jury in May acquitted Schanze, 36, of threatening or using a dangerous weapon, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an incident in which some angry Draper residents followed him from their neighborhood, where they said he had been speeding, to a hang-gliding park.
They berated Schanze and one picked up a rock and threatened to break the tail lights of Schanze's Jaguar. Schanze, who had his 8-year-old daughter with him, said he took out a gun for which he has a concealed weapons permit and held it behind his leg for protection, then put it away.
However, the jury was not convinced Schanze told the truth in a report to police and convicted him of the class B misdemeanor written false statement charge. Schanze pleaded guilty to speeding charge before the trial started.