A woman who helped an escaped prison inmate accused of killing a corrections officer was sentenced Monday to one year in jail.
Trisha Tower, 26, said little during the hearing as she was sentenced for first-degree felony obstruction of justice. Tower was given credit for time she has already served in jail, meaning she will serve an additional three months before being released on three-year probation.
On June 25 of last year, Curtis Michael Allgier, 28, fled a Salt Lake medical clinic after corrections officer Stephen Anderson, 60, was fatally shot. Allgier, a state prison inmate, had been transported from the state prison for an MRI scan.
Prosecutors claim Allgier shot and killed Anderson with Anderson's gun, fled the hospital, commandeered a vehicle and raced to Tower's house to shed his orange prison jumpsuit and change into other clothes. He ended up at a fast-food restaurant where he was eventually taken into custody.
Allgier is charged with aggravated murder, and prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty. Tower has admitted to hiding Allgier's jumpsuit and lied to police about it out of fear of being caught and having her children taken away.In court Monday, 3rd District Judge Robin Reese also ordered Tower to have no contact with witnesses in the Allgier murder case, including her brother, until that case is resolved. She was also ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation.
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