'That guy didn't deserve that,' Curtis Allgier says of murdered officer

Tattooed inmate gets life sentence plus at least 36 years

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5 2012 3:45 p.m. MST

"Today he has apologized to you and insulted you by trying to take back what he pleaded to, by trying to rationalize and justify," the judge said. "I don't find Mr. Allgier's version of events credible. I don't find it credible at all."  

Anderson's daughter, Sherrie Hardy, said she was happy with the sentence that was handed down. She said she has "no ill feelings" toward Allgier and does not see the point or value in dwelling on how her father died.

"It would ruin everything, the good memories I have, so I choose not to," she said. "I feel really good about the outcome and am glad it's finally here."

In court, she praised her father as a man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren and said each grandchild was certain they were his favorite. He built snowmobile and sleigh ride trails and zip lines for them to play on.

"If something broke, he could fix it. If we could dream it, he could build it," she said. "It is impossible to replace a man like my father."

Prosecutor Vincent Meister said Anderson was known for treating the inmates with "dignity and respect" and his death was "anything but an accident." He called Allgier a selfish person who thought only of himself.

"He decided what he wanted was more important," Meister said of Allgier's actions.

Defense attorney Dusty Kawai reiterated multiple times that Allgier had a good case that his client believed he could have presented and won at trial.

"He chose to waive those rights to go to trial only out of respect to the Anderson family," Kawai said. "This is about a mistake Mr. Allgier made that led to the death of a very good man."

He, too, disputed that Allgier attempted to harm anyone else, including police officers involved in the chase and those at the Arby's.

But Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said the evidence presented at a preliminary hearing supported all the charges. He said prosecutors would not have moved forward with the case if they had not believed they could win.

"This was not an accident," Gill said. "It was a crime and it was plead out as a crime and sentenced as a crime."

He agreed with the judge that many of Allgier's comments were insulting, but most urgently, he offered praise to Anderson's family.

"This family is an incredible family and they are close, they are supportive of each other," Gill said. "They are not vindictive. They have sought out closure and a measure of justice."

In addition to life without parole, Maughan ordered Allgier to serve five additional terms of six years to life in prison for aggravated escape, aggravated robbery and three counts of attempted murder; one five-years-to-life sentence for disarming a peace officer; and a one-to15-year term for possession of a firearm by a restricted person — all to be served consecutively. Essentially, it was a life prison sentence plus a minimum of 36 additional years.

Shawn Anderson said he felt Allgier was trying to be sincere in his apology. He, too, said he harbors no negative feelings.

"I feel very comforted having this be over," he said.

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