S.L. man sent to prison, but victim's family protests, questions whether gunshot was accidental

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  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    Let's see now. A guy walks into another persons residence. Looking for money or drugs or both. A guy whose home it is, insults a relative of the burglar, excuse me, unwanted guest. The guy pulls a gun in another person's home, pistol whips him and in the process, somebody gets shot and killed. Am I splitting hairs or does that simply mean that he was commiting a felony and is able to reap the blessing of a 1st degree murder charge. Whether it went off or not accidentally, doesn't matter to the people I hand around with. It was a felony, not an accident. Give him life in prison or the death sentence.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 27, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Why would Jonathan Fithian have thought Paul Butterfield was in possession of drugs? Mr. Fithian accepted a plea bargain to a lessor included offense. It happens every day.

  • muncle37 SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 27, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, if somebody dies while you are commiting a Felony, aren't you guilty of 1st Degree Murder? Last time I checked Assault with a Deadly Weapon is a Felony. If he pulled the gun he's guilty of murder regardless of if it accidentally discharged or not.