Utahn admits murdering West Valley code officer, setting neighbors' house ablaze

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  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 12:12 p.m.

    Plea bargains save money and time, that's why we see few trials.

    The frustrating thing about plea bargains, the crimes admitted to are usually of a lower or lesser grade and this encourages the parole board to favor earlier release, not in this case. Yet.

    I foresee some day when we will turn the perpetrator into a "victim" of sorts and lobby for his/her release because the sentence is inhumane.

    But mostly, this deal is about money. Money the state won't have to pay in salary and the murderer, fees he won't have to pay in his defense, or the state if he can declare himself indigent.

    This is so sad in so many ways.

  • thunderbolt7 Dutch John, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    "... prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty?" As a taxpayer, I'd favor a quick execution.

  • Flat foot , 00
    Feb. 23, 2019 7:00 a.m.

    Disgusting - I hope that the prosecutor made this "deal" with the agreement of the victim's family.

    Optimally, this man will enjoy the rest of his life in the fine surroundings of the Utah prison system, and that he has many, many years to dwell on his rotten actions that caused so much suffering and pain to others.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Feb. 23, 2019 5:54 a.m.

    I think the prosecutors had enough evidence they could have easily won a conviction. So why did they offer a plea deal?

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 10:24 p.m.

    Well, time to lock him up then. For good.