BEAVER — A former BYU student convicted of assaulting a woman with a stun gun will spend at least four more years in prison, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole decided this week.
At a parole hearing earlier this month, a hearing officer said he was "nervous" about releasing Stetson Geo Hallam before psychologists can complete a full evaluation of why he attacked a woman he was assigned to home teach in his LDS ward.
"I don't know quite what's going on in your brain, why you did what you did," said the officer, Kent Jones.
Hallam, 21, said he was depressed and had tried to get the 18-year-old victim's attention before he lured her into a basement laundry room on April 6, 2010, at the Provo apartment complex where they both lived. He stunned the woman and handcuffed one of her wrists, but then stopped and apologized after she fought back and bit his finger.
He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and obstruction of justice, both second-degree felonies, and was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison. The parole board set another hearing for September 2015, with a sex offender treatment memo due a month prior.
At the time of the attack, Hallam was suicidal and thought about raping and killing the woman, he said at the hearing. He also imagined a scenario where he would drive off a cliff with her in his car.
"I obviously wasn't in the right mind," he said. "I have a lot of regret about it. I have a lot of self-hate."
Hallam said he was charged as a minor for molesting three boys between the ages of 5 and 11. He also claims he was sexually abused by his biological father and two cousins as a child.