The Board of Pardons is expected Tuesday to give a July 9, 1991, parole date to Kendall Quinn Northern, 28, who is serving two five-year-to-life prison terms for the robbery and slaying of a Salt Lake cab driver in 1980.
Northern, a Phoenix native, was 17 when he forged a check to buy a gun that Robert Alan Phillips, then 25, used to kill taxi driver Everett Hamby Jr. on New Year's Day 1980.Northern later testified against Phillips, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is not scheduled for a parole hearing until 2005.
Northern was also convicted on a felony escape charge this March after fleeing the Duchesne County Jail on a sheriff's motorcycle Oct. 9, 1988, and eluding authorities until he was located in a Vancouver, British Columbia, jail 10 months later after being profiled on the television program "America's Most Wanted." He had been jailed there on a drug charge under an assumed name.
An interim panel of the Board of Pardons set Northern's parole date Friday, and the full board is expected to confirm the date Tuesday.
Northern's escape from the Duchesne jail came three months after a 1988 parole date was rescinded for drug possession and suspected drug smuggling and two days before he was to be transferred back to the prison at the Point of the Mountain.
Northern had work-release privileges from the jail at the time of the escape and said he fled on the sheriff's motorcycle because he feared for his life if transferred back to the main prison after testifying in court against Phillips.