Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Steven Crutcher
Prison inmate accused of murdering cellmate appears in court

Courts » Steven Crutcher is charged in prisoner’s death in Gunnison facilit.

First Published Nov 14 2013 10:52 am • Last Updated Nov 16 2013 10:04 pm

A prison inmate accused of murdering his cell mate made his initial appearance in court Wednesday.

Steven Crutcher, 32, is charged in Manti’s 6th District Court with first-degree felony aggravated murder for the death of 62-year-old Rolando Cardona-Gueton.

Photos
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel told a judge on Wednesday that his office plans to pursue Crutcher’s alleged crime as a capital case, indicating the death penalty could be sought.

Because of this, Crutcher needs a defense attorney who is certified to handle a capital case. Crutcher will be back in court Nov. 27 for an update on who will be picked to represent him.

Keisel told the Salt Lake Tribune in September that Cardona-Gueton was found on April 20 at the prison in Gunnison "as if he had [hanged] himself."

"Further investigation has led us to conclude that this is not a suicide, but an aggravated homicide," Keisel said at that time.

Keisel would not discuss what evidence led investigators to become suspicious about the death but said a bedsheet that was torn into strips and braided together was used to kill Cardona-Gueton, who had been at the prison since 2011, serving time for theft and drug distribution.

Keisel said the case qualifies as aggravated murder because it happened inside a prison.

Crutcher is serving a sentence of up to life in prison for an aggravated kidnapping conviction in June 2009, according to court records. According to the Associated Press, Crutcher attempted to escape the Iron County jail when he cornered a deputy at the jail and threatened to detonate a bomb if he wasn’t released. It was later discovered that the "bomb" was fashioned from toilet paper rolls, headphone wires and a pencil eraser.

Crutcher was at the Iron County jail in 2009 on suspicion of stealing a car. He pleaded guilty that year to second-degree felony theft by receiving stolen property in Cedar City and was sentenced to another one to 15 years at the prison.


story continues below
story continues below

Keisel said Crutcher and Cardona-Gueton had been in a cell together for just a few days before the alleged murder.

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.