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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 5:30 p.m. MDT

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procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "A defense attorney for Allgier said he decided to plead guilty out of respect to the officer's family."

That's defense-bar-speak for, "he finally got what he wanted -- avoidance of the death penalty."

It's a travesty that this person will not receive the punishment he so richly deserves until the next life.

The prosecutors and judge in this case should be ashamed for letting the accused, who committed his horrific crimes in front of various credible witnesses, direct a lesser outcome of what should have been a slam-dunk capital case, through unconscionable gamesmanship and delay.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Not someone I would want any of my daughters to date.

Sad part is that this young man was an inocent child once. Would love to know his life story. What a waste of time and life.

My best to the Anderson Family.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Good. Maybe now we won't have to see that face plastered on the pages of newspapers any more.

armchairQBonthehill
Salt Lake City, UT

Didn't know the state had a tattoo parlor in the Big House. Mr. Allgier has definitely added a few more tats to that roadmap on his head compared to older pictures published when he was first sent to prison.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I understand the huge cost to prosecute a death penalty case, and the resulting years of appeals, and the lifetime employment for the taxpayer paid defense lawyer(s), all of which make it cheaper to accept the plea deal for a lesser sentence.

However, this is a slam dunk case, even after allowing the admitted killer his years of obfuscation and delaying tactics.

This admitted murderer will now live for decades at taxpayers' expense, with comfortable accommodations, free meals, free medical care, and free cable TV. Officer Anderson's family will be paying for their housing, food and medical care, all the while missing the companionship of a loyal and honest public servant.

Sim Gill took the easy way out, and allowing this killer to easily escape the death penalty provided for by law in such crimes, has denied justice not only to Officer Anderson's family, but all Utahns. Sim Gill must be replaces ad County Attorney for this decision alone. This is inexcusable.

Justice has not been served in this case.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

Yes, I agree Curtis Allgier deserves the death penalty, but putting that aside for the current argument, let's try to take the article at face value. The slain officer's widow seems to want to end it here. Yes, the perpetrator is a waste of perfectly good oxygen, but perhaps the drawn-out trial that would have resulted from the pursuit of the death penalty may have further damaged or irretrievably wounded the victim's family. They should be top priority.

Just saying, Could be wrong. I have to admit I don't know much about Sim Gill.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

DN subscriber. Worked at USP for five years. Comfortable accomidations, you are joking right.

Trust me. Being locked up in a room the size of a small bathroom is not my idea of first class accomidations. As far as cable TV I could care less if they can watch a small tv with headphones or not. Prison is prison. You are seperated from loved ones and family. I never understood why so many people buy into this idea that prison is like a country club. No privacy, invasive strip searches. I prefer my freedom.

Chase
Saint George, UT

"out of respect for the family . . ." . . . Says the murderer.

NOW I have heard everything . . .

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

The family was told by the prosecution that it would take 35 years of continuing court battles to have Allgier executed and asked the wife and children if they would accept this plea deal that they had worked out with Allgier.

Consider yourself as the widow, what would you do?

How did our criminal system get into such a mess?

Answer: the ACLU.

Who funds the ACLU?..... The same elite tax exempt foundations that fund the Sierra Club and Wilderness Alliance that are seizing the natural resources from the States and people of the US.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Curtis Alliger strikes me as the kind of person who will be dangerous to other inmates. Given this, the prosecutors really didn't do their job by not going for the death penalty.

Prisoners have done wrong, but they don't deserve to be at risk for their safety while in prison.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

An "exceptional man"? Come on Maxine. This person is not exceptional except that he escaped the death penalty.

I won't be voting for Sim Gil in the next election that he stands in. If any case deserved the Death Penalty, this one did. The five years of delays are nuts. This case should have been resolved years ago. Shame on Lohra Miller and Sim Gil for the many travisties regarding this case.

raybies
Layton, UT

Does he know that someone drew on his face while he was asleep?

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

The Truth will set you free! Admitting the truth is the first step. Good work. Keep going.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Another example of Liberal Democrat justice... Will this man kill again in prison? It is a shame that we have to coerce a family into accepting this decision. This man more than qualifies for quick and decisive justice that will be an example to others. Instead, the president has been established that other prisoners will follow. The state will spend a large amount of money keeping this guy well fed, healthy, and entertained for the next few decades. I know that prison is not fun, but it certainly seems that the sentence does not fit the crime.

The law needs to change to limit apeals to one and that apeal must happen within 3 months. Don't tell me that innocent people are convicted of murder. The judicial systemis so stacked to protect the criminal that I don't see this as a big problem. Just because some have been released after decades of appeals when evidence has been lost and witnesses are worn down or dies does not mean that every criminal in jail is innocent as the ACLU would have us believe.

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