Utah inmate in female serial robbery duo granted parole

'I was severely addicted to drugs,' says woman whose partner was killed by police

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  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 1:13 p.m.

    MileHighGuy - Melbourne, FL
    Feb. 18, 2019 6:09 p.m.
    "And to think there are people who are advocating the legalization of drugs. Stories like this one need to be used as examples of how people slowly slide downhill when drugs are involved. I am convinced drugs are the root of most crime."

    Yes, drugs and alcohol can drive SOME people to do radical and dangerous. The reason in this case was PAIN, a bulging disc in her back.

    Imagine how many fewer people would have to resort to drugs, then street drugs if they had Medicare level healthcare coverage and could get the problem fixed.

    It's easier for some people to just say they are druggies, or they have no self-discipline or they didn't pray hard enough, etc., etc.

  • bill4570 ,
    Feb. 19, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    Hopefully rehab has worked this time. She sound sincere, didn't kill anyone, worked hard, so she deserves a chance.

    Now if society will allow her that chance.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 8:10 a.m.

    For the commenters here that have the pitchforks and torches out for her to do 10-life for her crimes, do you realize that child molesters, white collar "affinity" crime, armed robbery and other serious crimes don't even get the kind of time you are calling for?

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Feb. 18, 2019 8:24 p.m.

    How many of those saying "too soon" have a law degree and/or have worked in the legal system as an attorney or judge? Lots of keyboard commandos here...

  • not status quo Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 7:38 p.m.

    drugs is not an excuse. if a criminal assaults me etc. i don't care WHY they did it. i am still a victim

  • larrybloodworth Draper, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 6:30 p.m.

    Don't be so quick to judge others. Yes, what she did was evil. However...

    I've been before the AP&P board before and I can tell you from experience, they want to help rehabilitate people who can demonstrate they CAN be rehabilitated. Granting parole to somebody just giving it lip service with little to no action on their part, pretty much stay stuck in prison... where they rightfully belong. This woman has demonstrated she wants to help herself and can be rehabilitated.

    She will be carefully supervised by her AP&P parole officer to make sure she complies to the conditions of her parole. JUST ONE VIOLATION, and it's back to prison. No court, no judge, no hearing to argue your case, no nothing, just a ride straight back to prison.

    AP&P has a thankless job, but I have full confidence in the way they do things.

  • MileHighGuy Melbourne, FL
    Feb. 18, 2019 6:09 p.m.

    And to think there are people who are advocating the legalization of drugs. Stories like this one need to be used as examples of how people slowly slide downhill when drugs are involved. I am convinced drugs are the root of most crime.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 6:16 p.m.

    I hope she found her faith an hope. I believe God can create something out of nothing. Just look at the beautiful world. he created. Faith, hope an charity. That's the way to live successfully. How do I know the Bible tells me so.

  • JSB , 00
    Feb. 18, 2019 5:30 p.m.

    I'm annoyed when I read about repeat offenders getting out early and going beck to their life of crime. But, prison is not just for punishment, it is for rehabilitation and it looks like she's tried to turn her life around. If this is so, then to keep her in prison any longer is a waste of tax-payer dollars.

  • rickmac37 , 00
    Feb. 18, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    Let her some more time to think about. After her 10yrs than look into it

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    I would say that she should at least serve 20 years.
    When she was given "up to life" it was for a reason.

  • MacMama Sandy, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 1:58 p.m.

    Not long enough. Try again after you’ve served 10 years.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 1:18 p.m.

    Before reading the article I was ready to say no to parole anytime soon. I’ve changed my mind. She does need to be regularly tested for drugs, though, which is I assume standard. If she has truly overcome her addiction, then let her be paroled.

  • Cougarbib2 Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 18, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    Her life is very productive right now. Why risk changing that so soon?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 11:34 a.m.

    Too soon.

  • LDSAZ Casa Grande, AZ
    Feb. 18, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    I'm glad to hear of good actions on her part in prison. It is there that she has found a way to contribute to society. That's the most important part of rehabilitation. The story here makes it sound as if the pathway to drugs could have been avoided, but I'm sure it would have been a very hard pathway to find and stay on. Drugs are so very destructive. There's room for sympathy to that struggle.

    Having said that, I would defer to the experts to judge what is truly in her heart. And whatever is decided, I would trust. They certainly know more than I know.

    The exception to the above deferral is when a judge like Judge Stewart allowed Lyle Jeffs to walk. That truly proves that experts can be among the most foolish. There is not a person alive, except the faithful FLDS, who did not know that letting him go would be wrong. Another example is letting Wanda Barzee out. I guess that there is more than one judge with whom I strongly disagree..

    But in this case, I'm good with whatever is decided. 79 months seems like a pretty good time for rehab. I hope she is being honest. Her actions speak loudly.

  • Lia , 00
    Feb. 18, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    Sorry-
    No parole for you-