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Published: Monday, July 15 2013 7:10 p.m. MDT

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JSB
Sugar City, ID

The names of sex offenders are posted and the public can find out who these people are. What's the matter with posting the names and other information about other offenders. Maybe people would be less likely to commit crimes if they knew that their record would be open to the public for the next few decades.

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

What a couple of low-lifes. I hope they receive the maximum penalty allowed for this crime.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Multiple offenders should be in jail, not on the street. Liberals worry about the criminals instead of the tax payers. Three strikes and you are in for life is a great rule. There is little doubt that this pair will be stealing for the rest of their life until someone puts them in jail for along time.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"Muir did talk with officers, telling them at first that she was a friend of the bride.

'She unfortunately could not remember the name of the bride, so that alerted our officers to her untruthfulness,' Barnes said."

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Can't remember the name of her "friend". Yup! That's a good clue she's lying.

E. Hindman
Ogden, UT

Wayne Rout - so now this is a political issue? You are indicating it is a liberal issue in this ultra-red state?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@ E. Hindman,

Of course there are political aspects of this.

Most conservatives would favor these people getting 10 years in prison for being such low lifes.

Liberals think that "society failed them" in their youth, that they weren't given enough opportunities in life, and that a simple slap on the wrist will suffice.

If our sentences were much more severe, there would be less crime. Both because people would be more afraid to commit crimes but also because repeat offenders wouldn't be as possible - as they'd still be in Jail.

To liberals, it is probably Mitt Romney and Bush's fault for not giving all their money to these people in the first place, thus requiring them to go find money another way(by robbing a newlywed couple)

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I'm glad they didn't get away with anything, this couple will have priceless memories!

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Chris B and the rest of the Conservatives:

You guys are right. You put all of these "low Life's" away with "harsh" sentences and the Crime Rate will go down. Now that we are in agreement, how do you propose we get the billions of dollars it would take to build the Prisons to house these "low Life's"? If you haven't noticed we have a bit of an overcrowding problem with our existing Prison System. We know you Republicans would not want to take Federal money and add to the National Debt and you certainly don't want to raise taxes.

So now what?

Maybe a nation wide Bake Sale might do the trick!

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

To "sid 6.7" just look to Arizona for an example. Put them in old surplus army tents. Take away the cable TV, workout rooms, and all forms of entertainment except a few books. Next, feed them just enough to live on and have them wear prison uniforms that are embarrasing.

That would cut costs down significantly, and be hard enough that the criminals would do what they could to stay out.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

I have a proposal. We need to clarify the meaning of "cruel and unusual punishment". Requiring an able-bodied prisoner to be self-sufficient should never fit into that category. It should not cost money to punish someone for the crime. Otherwise we run the risk of a violent 10-20% minority completely defying our laws and we will just not have the money to deal with it.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@RedShirtMIT - I'm with you. Prisons life is too posh. Bring back the chain gangs and make criminals work to earn their keep.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

@ RedshirtMIT:

I like your idea but it is still going to accrue a large amount of cost.

Correct me if I am wrong but I am not all that sure Arizona's Crime Rate, even with old Joe's system is all that low. I think it is working to a point but not as well as expected.

Janet
Ontario, OR

Wow! What if one of the thieves had been armed? What if the people chasing the thieves' car had crashed and serious or fatal injury had resulted? Not all of the stupidity came from the criminals. Also, you think prison is easy? Try it. And when you start touting Joe Arpaio and Arizona's extremism, I'm outta here.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

If a criminal is not a threat to the safety of society, sentence him wear an electronic device that keeps track of them. Then restrict their travel (such as he cannot leave the county for any reason) or they will then go to prison for the duration of their sentence. A lot of people could then be released prison thus reducing the costs of keeping them in prison. The Arizona example is a good one to follow for those who are guilty of violent crimes or who tamper with the electronic device or leave their restricted area.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@sid,

There is a strong correlation/causation between people having spent time in jail and being on welfare before/after.

So whether we're paying for these people to live in jail, or outside, we're likely paying for it.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

One other ways of saving money and making more room in our prisons is to carry out the death sentence's. Why not, that is the law! Can you imagine what would happen if we were to carry out these sentence's ? And then carry them out quickly in the future. I believe the crime rate would go down...knowing that the law was going to be carried out. Let's make room by treating these people like the criminals that they are!

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Keep these two cruds in Jail -- please!

....and UTAHNS: it's really bad manners to take gifts and display them on wedding reception tables like some kind of "who got the most" prize.
Wedding and engagement gifts are supposed to be sent to the bride's address.

See: Miss Manners and any decent (non-Utah published) etiquette book.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

As demonstrated here so clearly --- there are no easy answers. The national welfare systems encourages abuse and long term need. Prisons are over populated; often with teenagers who were sentenced as adults even though evidence tells us that they are incapable of reasoning or understanding consequences like adults. Furthermore, the bride and groom are partially to blame for not following Miss Manners.

moniker lewinsky
Taylorsville, UT

Thank you, Reasonable Person, for making my comment before I had a chance. It's not nice to place the burden of carrying all those gifts home on the bride and groom. Gifts should be delivered ahead of time. And Eddie, unless you want to be like communist china, death sentences should not be used for every day cases. In fact, having capital punishment on the table costs more money. And you don't need to pluralize it either. Please stop. Seriously.

MormonSean
Salt Lake City, UT

I'd fine them $1000 each and give it to the Bride and the Bridegroom each.

Let one failed marriage boost the financial future of a new one.

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