Will Steven Powell walk away free or get up to 10 years in prison?

New report says he had hoped to marry his daughter-in-law

Published: Thursday, June 14 2012 5:05 p.m. MDT

Each voyeurism count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. Based on the average penalty range for this type of crime and the offender score given to Powell, the recommended sentencing guideline is 43 to 57 months in prison.

But officer Joe Sofia, who prepared the report, instead sided with prosecutors and also recommended a harsher 10-year sentence.

Sofia cited "aggravating circumstances" of Powell targeting the same two victims repeatedly and committing the same crime multiple times. He also cited his "high offender score" and recommended that he also undergo a psychosexual evaluation, pay any necessary restitution and $1,200 in fees, register as a sex offender and serve 36 months of probation after serving his prison sentence.

Powell's victims will be given an opportunity to speak to the judge at the sentencing hearing, but Blinn said Thursday it was unclear if they would.

Graves said she wants her father to pay both for the voyeurism and whatever role he had in Susan Powell's disappearance. She also hopes having her father in custody will give police time to investigate the missing woman's case further.

"I guess what goes around comes around," Graves said. "You want to dish it out, you're going to get it in the end."

Attorney Anne Bremner — who represents the two victims and also represents Susan Powell's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox — said she she plans to serve a lawsuit on Steven Powell Friday as part of her efforts to obtain additional information.  

"There's nothing like this case," Bremner said. "I mean, it's just the most horrific, tragic, upsetting case I think that any of us have ever seen."

Susan Powell, a 28-year-old mother of two, has been missing since Dec. 6, 2009. The night before she was reported missing, Josh Powell, Steven Powell's son, said he took their two young children camping in single-digit temperatures in a remote part of Tooele County in the middle of the night. When he returned a day and a half later, he said his wife was gone.

Josh Powell was named a person of interest in the case, but was never arrested. He later moved into his father's Puyallup home.

Josh Powell murdered his two sons Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, and killed himself Feb. 5 after setting fire to his Graham, Wash., home.

The story of Susan Cox Powell has riveted the public and Bremner said she is aware of a number of books in the works, including one by Graves. Graves said her story is being written through her eyes as Josh Powell's sister and Susan Powell's friend.

"I would hope that people come away with the power that they have to make choices and take accountability for what they do," she said. "And also that there's always hope in their situation, no matter where they are."

Writers Gregg Olsen, Ann Rule, Isabelle Zehnder and Joe McGinniss are all considering books on the topic. Bremner said she met with Rule the day Josh Powell killed himself and his children.

Contributing: Andrew Adams

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