Week ending July 4, 2014

STORIES OF INTEREST

TMI? Cracking down on police officers who ‘overshare’ online, Ben Winslow, Fox13 Now

“The agency that certifies and disciplines police officers in Utah has a social media problem: officers who are oversharing information about their lives online. “On a national level and a local level, there’s been a number of officers that have posted inappropriate things on Facebook,” said Major Spencer Turley of the Utah Department of Corrections.”

ON FACEBOOK

Temporary ID program launches, Utah Department of Corrections, Facebook

Working together, the Utah Department of Corrections and Utah Driver License Division have set up a driver license office at the Utah State Prison to provide eligible offenders with the temporary documents on the day of their release, ensuring they leave prison with the identification they need to rejoin the community. The documents are valid for six months. The program launched July 1. The program is in response to HB 320, sponsored by Rep. Eric Hutchings and approved by lawmakers.

BOARD OF PARDONS

Life For a Life, Stephen Dark, Salt Lake City Weekly

“For the past three years, Bobbie Dawn Widdison and her family have been planning for her eventual release from the Utah State  Prison, after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole decided in 2011 that Widdison had taken sufficient responsibility for the 1996 killing of her 9-month-old baby, Breanna, and merited parole in 2018. But in late April 2014, following “new information” given to the parole board by Widdison’s former babysitter, the board scrubbed that date for a new one: May 18, 2113. The 41-year-old will die in prison.”

IN COURT

Preliminary hearing set for man shot in Utah emergency room, Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A preliminary hearing has been set for the Utah man [Jason James Burr] who was shot and wounded after allegedly brandishing handguns in a North Logan emergency room.”

Henson gets 1-15 years for Wirth auto homicide by Amy Macavinta, The Herald Journal

“When Alvin Henson was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison on an automobile homicide charge Monday, 1st District Court Judge Kevin Allen suggested Henson could add to Randy Wirth’s legacy by changing his life for the better.”

Man sentenced to life for 1999 murder gets first parole hearing, Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“Jeremy Edwin Richards said it was a ‘fight that went the wrong way.’ But today, 15 years after he was sentenced to up to life in the Utah State Prison for murder, Richards said he can’t even remember what the fight was about.”

Cedar City man sentenced to prison in sex abuse case, Tracie Sullivan, The Spectrum

“A 5th District Court judge sentenced Robert Anthel Wiley to serve one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for two counts of sexually abusing a minor.”

Utah Co. man headed to prison in investment fraud, Associated Press, Cache Valley Daily

“A 58-year-old Utah County man [Steven L. Flygare] has been ordered to spend one to 15 years in prison and pay $2.2 million in restitution in connection with an investment scam.”

Man Sentenced to Prison For Shaking Infant to Death, by Daniel Woodruff, KUTV

“An Ogden man convicted of killing a baby was sentenced to prison Wednesday. Jeremy Marshall, 37, will spend at least 15 years there. He could stay behind bars the rest of his life.”

Richfield man sentenced, Richfield Reaper

“A man accused of sexually abusing two boys was sentenced Friday during a session of Sixth District Court in Richfield. Judge Wallace Lee said while Curt D. Spencer, 57, Richfield, had done many great things in his life and is mostly a good person, that doesn’t make up for “heinous crimes.”

 

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