Charges dismissed for BASE jumper cited after wife's death

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    @ltblueute - No, the law did not fail. These people failed. Every time a law is broken it does not mean the law failed. Similarly, the law is not intended to act as a deterrent. That is now what a law is. Punishment for breaking a law is meant to punish the person and to hopefully deter others from doing so. The law itself is a set of rules society has determined need to be followed for the well being of us all - laws in and of themselves are not a deterrence as you claim.

    Jail time would accomplish what is supposedly accomplishes whenever we put others in jail. The fact his wife died and the fact that is worse than a jail sentence doesn't mean that a jail sentence would fail to accomplish what any and all jail sentences are meant to accomplish.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 1:13 p.m.


    I can see why you would want to find a difference between what happened and a DUI perhaps, by suggesting its only the same if he had pushed her.

    But use my drug comparison - would you not be in favor of prosecuting someone who provided(didn't force inject) drugs to a family member who then died?

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Did mercy rob justice in this case?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    To all those condemning them for breaking the law - there is nobody alive that hasn't broken the law. 1 mile per hour over the speed limit is breaking the law. Not using your blinker, breaking the law. Texting and driving is breaking the law. They liked to base jump, give them a break. They weren't out to hurt anybody, they just enjoyed doing it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    But these two apparently have a long history of jumping from places forbidden. Radio towers, buildings. This time it caught up with them.

  • ltblueute sand, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    RE Ken

    your analogy is accurate if he had pushed her or forced her to jump. She made the choice, they both did, i am assuming of their own accord. It is hardly the same as an innocent person in a car, or someone who is innocently drugged by another.

    If the point of law is keep people safe, to maintain order, and to act as a deterrent, this law already failed in regards to this poor couple. No additional punishment will make them safe, deter future people more than the tragic happenings already have. No additional punishment will satisfy any need for justice since the very amends for the broken law of some jail time and a fine have far been superseded by the loss of his bride. why must we make him pay more than the law requires for justice. Now is not the time for cries of justice. Now is the time for cries of sympathy, compassion and mercy. The consequences far exceed what justice ever called for.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    Playing devils advocate here, in response to all those who are criticizing Fredisdead, I can see justification for prosecution. If a person was driving under the influence and killed a family member in their car, would we not prosecute assuming no one else was injured, since they already lost a family member due to their actions?

    IF a person gave drugs to a family member who died from an overdose, would we not prosecute since that person already lost the family due to their actions?

    Part of the reason we have enforcement of laws is to deter future occurrences. Now the obvious reply from someone is "isn't possibility of death a deterrence"? Well, it apparently wasn't in this case.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    A prime example of LEO/ system discretion working as it should. Zero tolerance and mandatory min/max sentencing laws all need to be tossed.

  • Jared NotInMiami, FL
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Fredisdead - a death like this is certainly much more of a deterrent to others wanting to BASE jump in Zion than a $5000 fine or a few months in jail (for a misdemeanor) would be. There's no point in adding insult to injury, even if the law calls for it.

  • hillplus Aurora, CO
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    Glad to hear it. Cruel and unusual punishment. Mercy is appropriate here, to answer FREDISDEAD. You should try a little mercy in your life!

  • River Dog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    Fredisdead: Very cold response. Sure he broke the law, but don't you think the death of his bride is already a high price to pay?

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    You know they did broke the law but I guess it is okay to drop it. BUT, how many more deaths going to happend when the law will be broken?

    Feb. 13, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    Why drop the charges? He BROKE the law.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    I'm not surprised at this. I thought they'd go easy on him. He has already paid a very high price for bad judgment.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 1:07 a.m.

    Glad to hear it. This poor guy has already paid the price