A Salt Lake man who pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to serve a one- to 15-year sentence at the Utah State Prison.
Gary Rosendahl, 32, was originally charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Leslie Robinson, 26. Her nude body was found in the snow atop East Canyon Dec. 15, 1989.He was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter as part of a plea bargain with the Salt Lake County attorney's office.
Third District Judge Michael Murphy ordered Rosendahl to serve one to 15 years for the manslaughter and also ordered him to serve a zero- to five-year concurrent sentence for his guilty plea to attempted theft by receiving - reduced from an original charge of auto theft.
Murphy, however, ordered Rosendahl to serve the manslaughter sentence consecutive to a sentence for forgery that he received from another judge.
In July, Rosendahl pleaded guilty to forging the dead woman's inheritance check. Prosecutors say he came into possession of a $4,875 inheritance check made out to Robinson three days before she was killed. He admitted signing it and depositing it into his personal account, according to court documents.
In August, 3rd District Judge Kenneth Rigtrup ordered him to serve a zero- to five-year sentence but then suspended the sentence to 18 months probation. However, Adult Probation and Parole could ask Rigtrup to review the sentence and possibly change it because of the guilty plea to manslaughter and subsequent sentence.
When Rigtrup sentenced him to probation, Rosendahl had no prior criminal record. With his guilty plea to manslaughter, that may or may not change the judge's opinion, prosecutors said.