UTAH STATE PRISON The man convicted of killing a Deseret Morning News employee will spend the rest of his life in prison for another crime.
The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole announced Monday that James William Tolbert, 42, will never be released from prison. The parole board revoked any parole that Tolbert may have had stemming from his second-degree murder offense in the 1987 strangulation death of his wife, Janie Heller-Tolbert.
"It's kind of redundant, but since we had to make some kind of legal ruling, that's what we went with," parole board spokesman Jim Hatch said Monday.
Tolbert pleaded guilty last month to killing Ann Poulson, a Deseret Morning News accountant who befriended the inmate through volunteer work she did at the prison. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the October 2007 slaying.