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Man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing 4-year-old girl

Man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing 4-year-old girl

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah man received two concurrent sentences in prison — 25 years to life and 15 years to life — for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl. The Daily Herald reports Royce Schaefer, of American Fork, was sentenced Wednesday for sodomy on a child and aggravated sexual abuse of […]

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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in toddler’s death

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in toddler’s death

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Utah couple accused of taunting their malnourished 3-year-old daughter with food before she died. The state filed the notice Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile. The Ogden couple is accused of recording […]

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Militia leader who tried to bomb federal cabin released

Militia leader who tried to bomb federal cabin released

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah militia group leader who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a federal cabin in Arizona is being released on time served after spending two years in jail. Judge David Sam said Monday that 59-year-old William Keebler had been a model prisoner and […]

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Suspect in fatal Provo shooting pleads guilty

Suspect in fatal Provo shooting pleads guilty

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah man has pleaded guilty to killing a Provo man last year as part of a deal that will remove the possibility of the death penalty. The Daily Herald reports that 22-year-old Orem resident Jesse Gourdin pleaded guilty to felony charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault Wednesday. […]

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Trial set for Utah man accused of sexually assaulting women

Trial set for Utah man accused of sexually assaulting women

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for a former Provo restaurant owner accused of posing as a doctor to sexually assault women. The Daily Herald reports 34-year-old Borzin Mottaghian pleaded not guilty in February to 17 felony charges, including 12 counts of object rape and two counts of forcible […]

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Utah teen ordered to stand trial in homemade bomb case

Utah teen ordered to stand trial in homemade bomb case

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A judge has ordered a Utah teenager to stand trial on charges accusing him of trying to blow up a homemade bomb in his backpack at a high school in St. George. A hearing is scheduled next week to determine whether the 16-year-old who police […]

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Utah teen accused in backpack bomb was bullied, expert says

Utah teen accused in backpack bomb was bullied, expert says

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A psychologist says a Utah teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb after looking at Islamic State propaganda online has a long history of being bullied. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports that clinical psychologist Tim Kockler testified in the […]

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Utah man who sold machine-gun converters sentenced to prison

Utah man who sold machine-gun converters sentenced to prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for illegally making and selling more than 1,400 machine-gun converter devices for AR-15-style rifles. The Deseret News reports that Scott Ray Bishop was sentenced Thursday. He told U.S. District Judge Dee Benson that he thought […]

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Utah 22-year-old pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

Utah 22-year-old pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Payson, Utah, resident charged with sexual assault has pleaded not guilty. The Daily Herald reports that 22-year-old Toby Howarth pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree rape and third-degree tampering with a witness. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Payson police officers interviewed the girl […]

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Ex-Utah county GOP official pleads guilty to paying for sex

Ex-Utah county GOP official pleads guilty to paying for sex

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Republican Party official in southern Utah has pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a prostitute. Blake Cozzens filed a guilty plea in court Tuesday and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine of $1,000. The 28-year-old former Iron County Republican […]

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