Man arrested in killing of 15-year-old Riverton girl

Witness says teen was assaulted after refusing to have sex

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  • Anony80 Taylorsville, UT
    March 22, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    What happened to this young girl is a tragedy, and whoever did it should face some very serious consequences. That being said, let's not hang this man until it is determined beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty. A single account by an "eyewitness", who took a week to come forward, is not irrefutable proof. There are definitely some unanswered questions still, and the investigation is ongoing. Just because he has a past criminal history doesn't mean we skip the process of collecting evidence, building a case, and having a trial BEFORE we start imposing the punishment.

  • Love Utah Draper, UT
    March 19, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    The death penalty is there for a reason.... to get rid of dangerous human beings who are of no value to society. This man qualifies on both grounds.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    March 19, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    We see this scenario played out all too often. A violent repeat criminal is out and about when he should have been locked up. I agree with those who advocate the death penalty. Why should he occupy a space in prison and have food and housing provided by taxpayers?

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 19, 2012 7:26 p.m.

    I too was shocked that this guy was out prison despite all of his crimes. What a tough guy to beat up a girl half his age because she wouldn't give in to his demands. Hopefully the justice system will work better this time as far as his punishment goes.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 19, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    I don't understand how such people exist. But that is why we have prisons. Without them, such incidents as well as all other types of crime would be more common. Prisons as much as anything else government provides, makes for a higher quality of life.

    Perhaps some day we will discover a way to improve the genetics of the human species, so that such people don't exist, but until then prisons are a blessing.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    March 19, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    After reading his rap sheet he should have never been out of prison to commit this crime.

  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    March 19, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    I'm sorry for the family of the deceased, however, we need to use this crime to find out where our justice system failed to protect the life of this girl from such a monster. Repeat offenders should not have so much leniency. Murderers of 15 year old girls should receive the death penalty without appeals.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 19, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    The witness might have been scared to death.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 19, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Do young people not know that drug people are dangerous? This guy should have still been in prison. He should now get the death penalty, and nothing less. That is exactly the punishment that cowards deserve. How guys like this remain on the streets instead of in prison for their crimes is beyond me. Nice job parole board.

  • Ttizzle spanish fork, UT
    March 19, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    So upset that this event was witnessed and someone lacked even an ounce of morality and failed to call the police. Apparently seeing a child beaten to unconsiousness is someone's idea of a normal night? And this witness comes out with the truth 8days later? Despicable! It's much too little, much too late. Not trying to take away from the actual crime at hand, which is beyond comprehension that the punishment inflicted on this poor girl for exercising her free-will was the cold-hearted ending of her life! I'm horrified at this whole scenario! Makes me desperately saddened for the family who will now have to struggle not only with the grief of losing a child, but also with deep natural feeling of anger and hatred for those who did this and who did nothing to save their child.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    March 19, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    The Utah Board of Pardons and Paroles needs to make public their records of this alleged piece of dirt. We deserve to know if anyone dropped the ball.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    March 19, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Cases like this cry out for a rope and a place for gravity to do its work. Tax-paid board and room for several decades is not adequate.