Week ending June 13, 2014


Graduation Day at the State Prison by Dan Rascon, KUTV2

“It was a perfect day for a graduation celebration for more than 270 inmates at the Utah state prison.”

273 Utah State Prison inmates graduate high school by Marissa Lang, The Salt  Lake Tribune

“After the diplomas were distributed and tassels turned from left to right, South Park Academy graduates walked past rows of friends and family, out the door into the morning sun. The celebration was brief.”


Life sentence ordered for Alaska man who murdered 92-year-old Ogden woman by Emiley Morgan, Deseret News

“An Alaska man [Stephen Ellenwood] who admitted to brutally killing a 92-year-old woman in 1993 was given a life prison sentence Tuesday.”

Elderly swindler sentenced to Utah State Prison by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“White-collar crime may not leave a physical scar, but it’s nevertheless destructive, a judge said at a sentencing hearing for a 76-year-old St. George man [Sherrell Berrett] who admitted to defrauding people out of more than $1 million.”

2nd murder conviction, 2nd life sentence for Utah inmate by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Gary Dean Hilfiker is not the same man today that he was in 1989, when he killed a woman by stabbing her 11 times in her South Salt Lake home.”


Redemption: Former ‘menace’ asks society for another chance by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“Michael Shawn Keenan was once labeled by police as a ‘huge danger’ to the public.”


25th Anniversary, Sweat Lodge Ceremony (Utah Department of Corrections)

On Friday, June 13, Native American inmates at the Utah State Prison held a ceremonial sweat to mark the 25th anniversary of sweats at the prison. The ceremony also paid tribute to Lenny Foster and Danny Quintana. Foster, who will retire this year, is the spiritual adviser for the Navajo Nation and Native American inmates across the country. Quintana was lead attorney in the federal lawsuit that opened access to sweat lodges at the prison.

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