UTAH STATE PRISON — A man who beat his wife to death and then walked into a police station to confess to the crime will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole said Tuesday it has decided that Duane Hobart, 45, will spend the rest of his natural life in prison. A rationale for the decision included a demonstration of extreme cruelty and depravity in the crime. The parole board also said Hobart had disciplinary problems and lacks a support system if he were to be released.

Deseret News archives from 1988 said that Hobart walked into a police station with his young son in tow and told officers he beat his wife, Brenda, to death with a lamp and a bedpost to protect his son. He claimed his wife was a part of a cult whose members molested and killed children.

Hobart pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Ogden's 2nd District Court to a charge of second-degree murder, and was sentenced to 5-years-to-life in prison.