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Published: Monday, Jan. 13 2014 6:21 p.m. MST

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samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

This is just too saddening for words.

tgurd
Gonzales, LA

Once again here is a reason for the death penalty, these despicable acts to children, women and men. One can never know the trauma they suffer, their dealing with life after such brutal things done should they survive. We have gone way to far as allowing guilty individuals to just sit in prison, if these are proven the death penalty would speak loud and clear to those thinking about doing these terrible actions. May each of us ponder on these things and realize to be sent to prison for 10 yrs etc etc means they still have an opportunity to be released and once again to destroy others lives.

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

tgurd, if (when) this person is found guilty he will not be going to prison for ten years. He will spend the rest of his life in prison. The death penalty is not a deterrent. We have the death penalty in Utah. That did not stop this person. You are making the assumption that people that commit these sorts of horrendous acts are thinking rationally.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Here in Texas, he would not only get the death penalty, but we would actually carry it out.

tgurd
Gonzales, LA

Mark no iam not and how often is the death penalty used in Utah, I know you have it the point is how often are people sentenced to it. My bet is probably not often and more than decades have passed since then. As far as life in prison that is open to what ever lawyer or judge desires to let that person have a pass, I have seen this they go through some counseling and bang away they go. I remember when the death penalty did work and the reason it was changed was because a number of people that were innocent were sentenced to death. NOte I said found guilty and today with DNA and the means they have the death penalty would stop a lot of the killings and murder

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

Yeah, tgurd, you are right, Utah does not make use of the death penalty often. And they won't in this case. Nevertheless, this person will never see the outside of an institution again if he is found guilty.

The death penalty has NEVER functioned as a deterrent. Never in the past, nor does it now. Texas makes ample use of the death penalty. They still have these crimes there. Again, you are assuming that people that commit these crimes are thinking rationally. These people do not think about the ramifications of their acts while they are committing them. Their passions override any concern for their future. Do you really think the person that could do this to a little girl is thinking about their future in any way? Do you really think they say to themselves, "oh, I better not do this because afterwards I will get caught and put to death. Okay, you go home little girl"?

No, capital punishment is not a deterrent and it never has been.

mominthetrenches
South Jordan, Utah

Even the death penalty won't bring back this little girl, who went through horrendous torture and abuse before she finally passed away. How is this even possible? I think these guys are monsters and need to be removed from society, whether in prison where the sun don't shine or by death!!! May this little doll Rest In Peace. Hopefully her family can have some peace and justice for their girl someday, too, but this is a tough case for me to read about right now (or ever).

silvercloud41NE
Fremont, NE

It certainly appears that evil is rampant among us... and this alleged instance is about as bad as it gets. Who knows what good this sweet girl might have brought to this world. My sympathy goes out for her family.

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