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Man sentenced for threat on LDS temple

Published June 22, 2009 10:01 pm

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A Utah man was sentenced Monday to 36 months on probation for weapons violations in connection to a threat to kill people and fight his way into the LDS temple in South Jordan.

Authorities said Benjamin Speakman went to Valley Mental Health in Midvale on Feb. 2 and stated he had weapons and planned to kill himself and others.

When officers arrived, Speakman allegedly told them he planned to shoot anyone at the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and get into the Celestial Room.

Speakman on April 13 admitted he cut down the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun that was not registered to him.

He agreed to relinquish the shotgun along with a 9 mm Glock handgun and an AK-47.

Erin Alberty