Week ending Oct. 3, 2014

IN COURT

Utah inmate — now an admitted serial killer — is sentenced by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Utah inmate already serving a life sentence for killing a man during a robbery pleaded guilty Friday to the rape and murder of a Millcreek teen in 1989. Thomas Evan Noffsinger also admitted Friday to killing a Sandy woman in 1989 — bringing to three the number of people he has killed.”

Suspect arrested in missing realtor’s murder has history in Utah, names partner in crime by Ashton Edwards and CNN Wire, Fox13

“The suspect [Arron Lewis] arrested in the murder of a missing Realtor emerged from a courthouse Tuesday and told reporters that he pleaded not guilty at the request of his lawyer but he wanted to plead guilty because he ‘just wants this to be over with,’ according to CNN affiliate KARK.”

PRISON RELOCATION

Weber County bows out of prison site competition by Tim Gurrister, Standard Examiner

“Davis County has submitted six possible sites to the state’s panel seeking a new home for the Draper prison, while Box Elder County has identified four and Weber County is offering a polite no thank you for now.”

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Utah prison inmate hangs himself in cell by Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A prison inmate [Brock Tucker] in Gunnison died Thursday after he apparently hanged himself in his cell.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: ‘Good Landlord’ programs don’t give ex-inmates a fair chance by Josh Daniels, policy analyst at Libertas Institute in The Salt Lake Tribune

“Missouri Gov. Lilburn Boggs used the coercive arm of the state to expel an unwelcome segment of society in 1838 using an ‘extermination order.’ (In that era, extermination meant to drive something from within certain borders — in other words, expulsion.) Members of the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were forced to migrate elsewhere, ultimately settling in Utah. Now, lawmakers in Utah have implemented policies that similarly expel unwanted citizens from their communities.”

Utah firm seeks to keep Mississippi prison contract by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

“Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections say two companies are bidding to manage the state’s four privately operated prisons. One is the current operator, Centerville-based Management and Training Corp. (MTC). The second is New Jersey-based Community Education Centers.”

Sex predators exiled by Texas are charged with crimes in other states by Mike Ward and Anita Hassan, Houston Chronicle

“In the past decade, Texas made this deal with at least two men deemed by officials as among the state’s most violent sex offenders: If you leave Texas and never return, you can live on your own.”

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