Quantcast
Home » News
Home » News

For the Record: Former Uintah County deputy claims he was fired for giving inmates ibuprofen

Published August 15, 2013 4:33 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A former Uintah County deputy sheriff alleges in a new federal complaint in U.S. District Court that his civil rights were violated when he was fired because he gave jail inmates ibuprofen.

"Several other employees of the Sheriff's Office had given out medications to inmates like Gale did, but were not investigated or terminated," the complaint filed on behalf of Denile Gale states.

The former deputy wants his job back and at least $100,000 in damages for lost income and emotional distress and suffering.

• An Orem couple who pleaded guilty in 2010 to repeatedly raping and sodomizing their 16-year-old biological son will not get a rehearing before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole until March 2025. The two were each sentenced to at least 15 years in prison on five first-degree felony counts of attempted rape and sodomy; each count carries a potential term of three years to life.

• A 64-year-old Salt Lake City man received a letter demanding he deliver $10,000 to a certain location at a specific time, according to police. The man arranged to drop off the money in Salt Lake County. At the appointed time, the man showed up — and so did Kenny McClellan, 25, who police arrested on charges of felony extortion.

• U.S. District Judge Dee Benson sentenced April J. Rampton of Heber to 21 months in prison for filing false income tax returns. Benson also ordered $230,678.36 in restitution to the IRS and to three years of supervised released once she finishes her term. Rampton was convicted in December 2012 of nine counts of filing false returns in which she claimed she was entitled to a refund of more than $225,000. She also prepared false returns for friends, family and strangers.

• A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Kenneth Lewellyn Flowers to 24 months in prison on charges of re-entry of a deported alien and unlawful possession of a firearm. Flowers is to be deported once released. In 2012, a jury acquitted Flowers of murder charges in a fatal 2010 shooting at a Salt Lake City apartment. Flowers said he shot Cisco M. Cross, 45, in self defense. Flowers said he had been smoking crack in his apartment over a 24-hour period when a strange man came to his door; after a brief argument, Flowers shot Cross after he saw him reach for what appeared to be a weapon. Prosecutors said the weapon turned out to be a BB gun. Before the shooting, Flowers had twice been deported from the United States to Belize, where according to media reports he was a prominent street gang member.