TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A Nevada man who killed a stranger at a southern Idaho motel early this summer avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to first-degree murder.
Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says 26-year-old Clark Cleveland, who shot Utah resident Tracy Ivie July 15 at a Twin Falls Hampton Inn, will spend the rest of his life in prison as part of the deal announced Wednesday.
Cleveland also agreed to plead guilty to taking a woman hostage and wounding an Idaho State Police trooper in the leg during the standoff.
Loebs said sentencing is set for Dec. 8 for Cleveland, who is from Spring Creek in northeastern Nevada.
Loebs had sought three extensions from a state court judge as he reviewed whether to seek the death penalty.
- 'Inseparable' Clinton brothers killed in...
- Embattled doctor surrenders Utah medical license
- Union Pacific train makes special delivery...
- Dancing stars Julianne and Derek Hough visit...
- Pioneer Day celebrations set throughout Utah
- Utah State Fairpark and Real Salt Lake team...
- West Nile activity discovered in three Utah...
- Protesters from across U.S. arrested at Utah...
- Supreme Court issues stay in Utah gay... 78
- Utah unemployment rate second lowest in... 19
- South Jordan councilman wants school... 17
- Brain injury changes the lives and... 15
- Anti-porn rally aims at keeping... 14
- Ex A.G.s John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff... 14
- Union Pacific train makes special... 13
- Unaccompanied children from Central... 12