18 years later, police say a murder mystery is solved

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 20, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    Why does it cost so much to keep a guy in prison? In Arizona the prisoners are kept in tents. Lets build a new prison but make it out of canvas.

  • Paddycakes Prescott, AZ
    Sept. 20, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    If he had been executed, as he should have been...there would life in a lifeless body today. Humanism is to rampant in modern society. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, those are the ways of death.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 20, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    Thanks to dedicated law enforcement officers many criminals or would be criminals understand that some people never give up. They are never safe after committing a serious crime.

    Courts should seek restitution not punishment or revenge, only in this way can the sentence match the crime:

    Steel a tube of lipstick, you restore it one fold on the first offense, two fold on the second and four fold on the third. (After that is when the Law of Moses started removing hands.)

    Steel a wedding ring from a locker in a gym, same thing. Restore it. Works for crimes against property.

    You cannot make restitution for rape or murder. If you injure a person, you cannot replace a missing eye, or other body part. If the damage is permanent, the consequences should also be permanent.

    Rape should not be punished with a death sentence. If the punishment for rape and murder are the same, why would a rapist not kill the only witness? Don't want to give them that incentive.

  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    Sept. 20, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    JSB, I agree with you, since there are young men serving 30 years just for being in the company of someone who committed a robbery. I think that the system look upon some men differently than they do others.

    That man should never have been on the streets. He should have gotten life in prison for the first murder.

    In my opinion, the prison and court system are partly responsible for the murder of that child. And they should be made to compensate the family for their negligence.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    Reasonable Person
    Layton, UT
    Aggielove -- you're going to have to pay a lot higher taxes, to keep all those people in prison for the length of time you're sentencing them to.


    Is it cheaper to let them out of prison, and then pay for 18 years of investigating and then a costly trial?

    And how reasonable and humane is it to let someone else DIE and their family suffer because they were let out. It is possible, if not probable, this man has other victims, to.

    You really should rethink your screen name.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    I agree with Frozen.

    We appoint and elect and select judges who are latent social workers at heart. They seem to set their concept of kindness and forgiveness over a sense of justice that the public demands of them.

    We have district/couty attorneys who plea bargain charges to avoid trials to save on budgets. A guilty plea of a lesser crime means less time in the gray bar hotel.

    We have parole boards who also set sentences with rehabilitation in mind not punishment.

    We also have serious delay between crime and court that destroys any sense of justice in the eyes of the public.

    Other than that, the systems seems OK.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Liberal Democrats have staffed the courts and legislatures with soft on crime, feel sorry for the criminal types. Tough sentences are the best answer for crime. Rapid execution of convicted killers should be common in all states.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    In our current "justice" system, I guess you only get 8 years if you kill a prostitute. Anyone else is probably at least 15. Who was it that said that all men are created equal?

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    Aggielove -- you're going to have to pay a lot higher taxes, to keep all those people in prison for the length of time you're sentencing them to.

    That "one year" for petty theft? Like if someone shoplifts a lipstick, they're in prison for a year?

    Rape, on the other hand, should be 20. The first time.
    If they reoffend, it's LWOP.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:06 p.m.

    Here's my take.
    Time in prison is based on the crime.
    Petty theft 1 year
    Rape 20 years
    Murder life without parol
    It's that simple.

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Sept. 19, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    This case shows what a joke our court system has become. The guy is convicted of murder but let out of prison to kill again? Why wasn't he executed for the first murder?

    Unfortunately this story happens again and again as convicted murderers are released to kill again. So much for our courts protecting us from these people.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 19, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    This guy had been convicted of murder in 1987 but eight years later, in 1995 when the young woman was killed, he was out of prison. Shouldn't murderers spend more time in prison than eight years? Something is the matter with the system.