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Ex-con pleads guilty in university student’s shooting death

Ex-con pleads guilty in university student’s shooting death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An ex-convict charged with gunning down a University of Utah student from China, using a stolen gun from a previous killing, has pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping charges. Austin Boutain entered the pleas Wednesday in an agreement with prosecutors that allows him to avoid […]

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Trial date set for man accused of filming teen’s suicide

Trial date set for man accused of filming teen’s suicide

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a Utah man accused of encouraging a high school friend to hang herself and filming the act. Court records show 19-year-old Tyerell Przybycien (pro-BISH-ian) is set to go on trial for murder starting Dec. 5. Prosecutors say […]

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Trial moved for man accused in massive 2017 Utah wildfire

Trial moved for man accused in massive 2017 Utah wildfire

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah man charged with accidentally starting a massive wildfire last year won’t go on trial in a southern Utah county torched by the blaze. The Spectrum newspaper reports a judge decided Tuesday that 62-year-old Robert Lyman couldn’t get a fair trial in Iron County due to […]

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Utah doomsday cult leader sentenced in Sanpete County

Utah doomsday cult leader sentenced in Sanpete County

The leader of a doomsday cult who pleaded guilty to to charges of child bigamy and sodomy will spend 26-years-to-life in prison. John Coltharp was sentenced in Manti’s 6th District Court on Wednesday. He and Samuel Shaffer were arrested last year after four children were reported missing out of Sanpete […]

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Panel: Less shame, more empathy needed for drug offenders

Panel: Less shame, more empathy needed for drug offenders

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah panel suggests state lawmakers rethink the way prosecutors handle drug-related cases and take a more compassionate approach toward offenders. One suggestion that state lawmaker and member of the Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force Rep. Paul Ray made on Monday was directing prosecutors to […]

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Charges filed in fiery crash that killed 3 family members

Charges filed in fiery crash that killed 3 family members

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against a Utah driver after a fiery car crash that killed three members of a vacationing North Carolina family. Charges were filed Wednesday against 42-year-old Jennifer Diamond, who is accused of hitting the family’s car head-on after moving into the […]

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Teen accused in attempted backpack bomb pleads not guilty

Teen accused in attempted backpack bomb pleads not guilty

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at a St. George high school after looking at Islamic State propaganda has pleaded not guilty. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports the 16-year-old boy entered his plea Wednesday and is due […]

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Utah man gets 7-year prison sentence for telemarketing scam

Utah man gets 7-year prison sentence for telemarketing scam

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Salt Lake City man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a telemarketing scam. The Deseret News reported Tuesday that a federal judge also ordered 43-year-old Chad Gettel to pay more than $558,000 restitution. Gettel’s sentence will run concurrent with […]

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Plea deal possible for alleged No. 2 in online drug ring

Plea deal possible for alleged No. 2 in online drug ring

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man accused of helping run a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring based out of a suburban Salt Lake City basement is talking with prosecutors about a possible plea deal. Lawyers for Drew Wilson Crandall said in court documents Monday they’re working with prosecutors to “resolve […]

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Utah teen accused in backpack bomb case to face adult trial

Utah teen accused in backpack bomb case to face adult trial

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at school after looking at Islamic State propaganda online will stand trial as an adult on two felony counts, a judge decided Thursday. Authorities have said 16-year-old Martin R. Farnsworth wanted to […]

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