Justice - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/justice Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah attorney, sons accused of drug crimes are on path to trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420495-78/drug-possession-robinson-degree.html.csp A former attorney for Salt Lake City government and his two sons were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges accusing them of running a drug operation out of their Sugar House home. James Wesley Robinson and his two adult sons — 21-year-old Alexander Jordan Robinson and 18-year-old Zachary Ryan Robinson — appeared in court Tuesday just long enough to decline a preliminary hearing where prosecutors would have been required to show there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Often, defenda... A former attorney for Salt Lake City government and his two sons were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges accusing them of running a drug operation out of their Sugar House home. James Wesley Robinson and his two adult sons — 21-year-old Alexander Jordan Robinson and 18-year-old Zachary Ryan Robinson — appeared in court Tuesday just long enough to decline a preliminary hearing where prosecutors would have been required to show there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Often, defenda... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58420495@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:23:07 MDT Box Elder County official in counseling after DUI http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58421060-78/tingey-arrest-police-guilty.html.csp Brigham City • A Box Elder County commissioner who pleaded guilty to drunk driving last month said this week that he was going through a difficult time and made poor choices. Commissioner Ryan Tingey, 47, said that he’s somewhat relieved the news of his April arrest is now public after spending months waiting for media to report it. “It’s been like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Tingey told The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Tingey was arrested in April after running a red light in Riverdale... Brigham City • A Box Elder County commissioner who pleaded guilty to drunk driving last month said this week that he was going through a difficult time and made poor choices. Commissioner Ryan Tingey, 47, said that he’s somewhat relieved the news of his April arrest is now public after spending months waiting for media to report it. “It’s been like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Tingey told The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Tingey was arrested in April after running a red light in Riverdale... 58421060@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:08 MDT Appeals court: Hateful poem sent to professor a form of free speech http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417752-78/court-heineman-email-poem.html.csp Aaron Michael Heineman wrote a University of Utah professor a poem filled with threats and hate. On Monday, a federal appeals court found that he was well within his rights to do so, and that merely threatening to kill someone isn’t necessarily a crime. “The district court found that [Heineman] knowingly sent an email that caused the recipient to reasonably fear bodily harm,” the court wrote. “[Heineman] argues that his conviction violated the First Amendment because the court did not also find ... Aaron Michael Heineman wrote a University of Utah professor a poem filled with threats and hate. On Monday, a federal appeals court found that he was well within his rights to do so, and that merely threatening to kill someone isn’t necessarily a crime. “The district court found that [Heineman] knowingly sent an email that caused the recipient to reasonably fear bodily harm,” the court wrote. “[Heineman] argues that his conviction violated the First Amendment because the court did not also find ... 58417752@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:38:48 MDT Appeal likely to slow case against man accused of killing Utah deputy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420709-78/roman-court-federal-charges.html.csp A likely appeal is expected to slow the prosecution of federal charges against the man who was acquitted in state court of the murder of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Attorneys for Roberto Miramontes Roman have argued that the federal charges are based on the same crimes for which he was tried in state court and amount to violation of constitutional protections against double jeopardy. A 4th District Court jury acquitted Roman in August of 2012 of an aggravated murder cha... A likely appeal is expected to slow the prosecution of federal charges against the man who was acquitted in state court of the murder of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Attorneys for Roberto Miramontes Roman have argued that the federal charges are based on the same crimes for which he was tried in state court and amount to violation of constitutional protections against double jeopardy. A 4th District Court jury acquitted Roman in August of 2012 of an aggravated murder cha... 58420709@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:11:02 MDT West Valley City cops seek suspects in Wal-Mart slashing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420261-78/suspects-valley-victim-west.html.csp West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... 58420261@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:48:02 MDT Salt Lake City man killed in crash in Hawaii http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420319-78/amp-hawaii-kohala-north.html.csp Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@s... Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@s... 58420319@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:37:20 MDT Evidence disputed in Saratoga Springs shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417540-78/police-hunt-shooting-family.html.csp While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... 58417540@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:15:20 MDT Utah teen accused in deputy’s death gets February trial date http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58407716-78/county-utah-grunwald-trial.html.csp Provo • A two-week trial was set Monday for the Draper teen charged in connection to a January shooting, in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tore through two counties as he shot and killed one police officer and wounded another. Meagan Dakota Grunwald, now 18, is charged as an adult with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and 11 other charges related to the Jan. 30 death of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride near Lehi and the wounding of Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood in Santaq... Provo • A two-week trial was set Monday for the Draper teen charged in connection to a January shooting, in which she and her boyfriend allegedly tore through two counties as he shot and killed one police officer and wounded another. Meagan Dakota Grunwald, now 18, is charged as an adult with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and 11 other charges related to the Jan. 30 death of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride near Lehi and the wounding of Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood in Santaq... 58407716@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:05:30 MDT Multi-city chase ends with drug arrest in West Valley http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58419851-78/west-chase-officers-police.html.csp West Valley City officers, aided by well-timed tire spike strip deployment and a police dog, brought a prolonged, multi-city high-speed chase to an abrupt end early Tuesday. Public safety dispatchers say that just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, a WVCPD officer was dispatched to check out a suspicious vehicle that had been parked for several hours on a residential street, its lights on and motor running. However, when he approached the vehicle, a possibly stolen Fiat rental, the driver took off. What en... West Valley City officers, aided by well-timed tire spike strip deployment and a police dog, brought a prolonged, multi-city high-speed chase to an abrupt end early Tuesday. Public safety dispatchers say that just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, a WVCPD officer was dispatched to check out a suspicious vehicle that had been parked for several hours on a residential street, its lights on and motor running. However, when he approached the vehicle, a possibly stolen Fiat rental, the driver took off. What en... 58419851@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:05:30 MDT Utah County deputies nab 6, expect more arrests in kidnapping http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58415212-78/girl-cannon-county-debt.html.csp Utah County sheriff’s deputies arrested five adults and a juvenile over the weekend after a teenage girl was allegedly abducted and a man stabbed in a gang-related dispute over a debt. More arrests were anticipated. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the investigation was continuing Monday into specifics about the case, which began with a search in the Orem area for the missing girl early Sunday morning. Interviews with several people led to discovery of an abandoned vehicle — in which the girl... Utah County sheriff’s deputies arrested five adults and a juvenile over the weekend after a teenage girl was allegedly abducted and a man stabbed in a gang-related dispute over a debt. More arrests were anticipated. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the investigation was continuing Monday into specifics about the case, which began with a search in the Orem area for the missing girl early Sunday morning. Interviews with several people led to discovery of an abandoned vehicle — in which the girl... 58415212@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:34:39 MDT One dead in central Utah coal mine accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58419174-78/mine-amp-accident-west.html.csp One worker died early Tuesday in a coal mining accident in central Utah. Gary Broadbent, spokesman for mine operator UtahAmerican Energy Inc., identified the victim as Alejandro Ramirez, 46, of Price. Ramirez worked for the company for six years, Broadbent said. A Carbon County sheriff’s dispatcher said the 911 call reporting the accident arrived at 1:35 a.m. from the West Ridge Mine near the community of East Carbon. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. No other miners were hurt. East ... One worker died early Tuesday in a coal mining accident in central Utah. Gary Broadbent, spokesman for mine operator UtahAmerican Energy Inc., identified the victim as Alejandro Ramirez, 46, of Price. Ramirez worked for the company for six years, Broadbent said. A Carbon County sheriff’s dispatcher said the 911 call reporting the accident arrived at 1:35 a.m. from the West Ridge Mine near the community of East Carbon. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. No other miners were hurt. East ... 58419174@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:34:39 MDT Logan man shot by officers in hospital sentenced http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58418162-78/burr-hospital-logan-officers.html.csp A Logan man who was shot by law enforcement officers after brandishing two handguns at hospital workers and demanding to see a doctor was sentenced Monday to one to 15 years in prison. Jason James Burr, 34, pleaded guilty in July to one count of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and one count each of third-degree felony aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm by a restricted person. Five other criminal counts were dropped. He faced up to 25 y... A Logan man who was shot by law enforcement officers after brandishing two handguns at hospital workers and demanding to see a doctor was sentenced Monday to one to 15 years in prison. Jason James Burr, 34, pleaded guilty in July to one count of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and one count each of third-degree felony aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm by a restricted person. Five other criminal counts were dropped. He faced up to 25 y... 58418162@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:49:01 MDT Rich County man shoots, kills brother in hunting accident http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58418097-78/brother-county-rich-accident.html.csp A 49-year-old Rich County man was shot to death by his brother in a hunting accident Saturday afternoon. The men, who were not immediately identified, had been stalking antelope near Little Creek Reservoir about 6:30 p.m. when one of the men took a shot at an animal, according to a statement from the Rich County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter didn’t see his brother kneeling or sitting near him. A bullet struck the victim in his head. He died immediately. No charges have been filed in the case, t... A 49-year-old Rich County man was shot to death by his brother in a hunting accident Saturday afternoon. The men, who were not immediately identified, had been stalking antelope near Little Creek Reservoir about 6:30 p.m. when one of the men took a shot at an animal, according to a statement from the Rich County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter didn’t see his brother kneeling or sitting near him. A bullet struck the victim in his head. He died immediately. No charges have been filed in the case, t... 58418097@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:41:47 MDT Missing Paradise man found dead in Cache County canyon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417460-78/cache-county-dead-missing.html.csp A 61-year-old man who had been missing for more 10 days has been found dead in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, east of Hyrum. Osmer Michael Baker, of Paradise, was last seen on Sept. 5 in Logan, according to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. A Utah Department of Transportation mowing crew found the missing man’s body on the side of the road. Officials said it appeared he had died due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, though the state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine c... A 61-year-old man who had been missing for more 10 days has been found dead in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, east of Hyrum. Osmer Michael Baker, of Paradise, was last seen on Sept. 5 in Logan, according to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. A Utah Department of Transportation mowing crew found the missing man’s body on the side of the road. Officials said it appeared he had died due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, though the state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine c... 58417460@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:21:02 MDT Martin MacNeill to serve up to 15 years for sexual abuse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416036-78/macneill-somers-abuse-sexual.html.csp Provo • For Alexis Somers, the last 7 1/2 years have been her darkest days. Her “entire world” was shattered on April 11, 2007, when her mother was murdered. Five weeks later, she was sexually assaulted. After more than seven years, one man was found guilty of the crimes: her father, Martin MacNeill. “He made the choice to destroy his family,” Somers told the judge during MacNeill’s sentencing hearing in the sexual abuse case Monday. “He made the choice to murder my mother. He made the choice t... Provo • For Alexis Somers, the last 7 1/2 years have been her darkest days. Her “entire world” was shattered on April 11, 2007, when her mother was murdered. Five weeks later, she was sexually assaulted. After more than seven years, one man was found guilty of the crimes: her father, Martin MacNeill. “He made the choice to destroy his family,” Somers told the judge during MacNeill’s sentencing hearing in the sexual abuse case Monday. “He made the choice to murder my mother. He made the choice t... 58416036@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:55:08 MDT No lights? Arrested Utah bicyclist had more than that to worry about http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416330-78/possession-lake-salt-arrested.html.csp One of two men stopped for riding bicycles without lights in the predawn, west Salt Lake City darkness was arrested after fleeing police and being found in possession of drugs and stolen property. Salt Lake City police say officers stopped the bicyclists about 4 a.m. Sunday near 100 S. 500 West and learned one of them, a 23-year-old male, was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. When he was notified of the warrants, the man fled on foot. Officers found him a few blocks away near the Road Home ... One of two men stopped for riding bicycles without lights in the predawn, west Salt Lake City darkness was arrested after fleeing police and being found in possession of drugs and stolen property. Salt Lake City police say officers stopped the bicyclists about 4 a.m. Sunday near 100 S. 500 West and learned one of them, a 23-year-old male, was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. When he was notified of the warrants, the man fled on foot. Officers found him a few blocks away near the Road Home ... 58416330@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:19:50 MDT Utah state agencies big users of military weapons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58402710-78/police-utah-state-county.html.csp New data show that the Utah state government — from the attorney general to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources — has acquired a lot of surplus military weapons and gear. The Utah Highway Patrol alone possess 250 M-14 rifles. There were 412 state troopers at the end of 2012, according to state data. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has 84 M-14s, though the head of law enforcement for that agency said the DWR has been trying to return the rifles to the Department of Defense. The DWR... New data show that the Utah state government — from the attorney general to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources — has acquired a lot of surplus military weapons and gear. The Utah Highway Patrol alone possess 250 M-14 rifles. There were 412 state troopers at the end of 2012, according to state data. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has 84 M-14s, though the head of law enforcement for that agency said the DWR has been trying to return the rifles to the Department of Defense. The DWR... 58402710@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:09:59 MDT $13K restitution ordered in Utah Banksy defacement case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416564-78/banksy-artist-murals-noll.html.csp Park City • A California man is pleading guilty to defacing two Utah murals believed to have been done by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. David William Noll will pay $13,000 in restoration costs as part of a plea agreement. Noll told a judge Monday he was suffering from a bout with bipolar disorder when he drove to Park City and damaged the works on New Year’s Eve. The county prosecutor says the 36-year-old appears to be a frustrated artist. If the restitution is paid by a Novembe... Park City • A California man is pleading guilty to defacing two Utah murals believed to have been done by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. David William Noll will pay $13,000 in restoration costs as part of a plea agreement. Noll told a judge Monday he was suffering from a bout with bipolar disorder when he drove to Park City and damaged the works on New Year’s Eve. The county prosecutor says the 36-year-old appears to be a frustrated artist. If the restitution is paid by a Novembe... 58416564@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:12:44 MDT Utah prison inmate death: Investigators waiting on autopsy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416398-78/lucas-inmate-prison-utah.html.csp Investigators on Monday were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine whether a Utah State Prison inmate died over the weekend from injuries in a fight or a separate medical problem. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal, whose agency is investigating the Saturday night death of 25-year-old Christopher Lee Lucas for the Utah Department of Corrections, could not provide a firm estimate for when the State Medical Examiner would complete the post mortem. On Saturday, Corrections officers saw Lucas... Investigators on Monday were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine whether a Utah State Prison inmate died over the weekend from injuries in a fight or a separate medical problem. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal, whose agency is investigating the Saturday night death of 25-year-old Christopher Lee Lucas for the Utah Department of Corrections, could not provide a firm estimate for when the State Medical Examiner would complete the post mortem. On Saturday, Corrections officers saw Lucas... 58416398@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:12:44 MDT West Valley man arrested in Salt Lake City shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416033-78/suspect-lake-salt-allegedly.html.csp An 18-year-old man was behind bars Monday, being held without bail after allegedly shooting a man at a northwest Salt Lake City home over the weekend. Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilkins said the suspect, booked into Salt Lake County Jail Sunday morning on suspicion of second-degree felony aggravated assault, allegedly knocked on the door of the home in the 600 North block of 300 West just before midnight Saturday. A male victim answered the door, and when the suspect demanded to see s... An 18-year-old man was behind bars Monday, being held without bail after allegedly shooting a man at a northwest Salt Lake City home over the weekend. Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilkins said the suspect, booked into Salt Lake County Jail Sunday morning on suspicion of second-degree felony aggravated assault, allegedly knocked on the door of the home in the 600 North block of 300 West just before midnight Saturday. A male victim answered the door, and when the suspect demanded to see s... 58416033@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:32:46 MDT