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17-year-old girl pleads not guilty in Utah deputies’ shootings
Courts » She is charged in a shooting spree that left one officer dead and another wounded.


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Sirens shriek in the background as the truck slowed and popping sounds rattle in the distance.

When Sherwood’s car stops, he notifies dispatchers that he was shot through the windshield.

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It was later determined that a ricocheting bullet struck Sherwood, who ultimately underwent two surgeries to recover from the shooting — one of which involved removing a bullet fragment lodged between his brain and his skull.

Wride’s and Sherwood’s families have been kept up to speed on the progress of the case, said deputy Utah County Attorney Tim Taylor, who is prosecuting it.

Taylor noted that no plea negotiations are underway, but it hasn’t yet been ruled out.

"In cases like this, we always consider whether or not that’s an option," he said, noting the victims’ families would be consulted in the event of a plea.

Grunwald’s youth makes the case problematic, Taylor said, noting she’s "young" to be facing five first-degree felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.

"We understand that she’s a young girl," Taylor said. "But young people can still commit horrific crimes."

A scheduling conference in the case was set for June 2, at which point prosecutors anticipate asking the judge to set aside three weeks for Grunwald’s trial.

Defense attorneys told reporters after Monday’s hearing that they will ask the judge to set the trial for August, while prosecutors anticipate it is unlikely to be set before the end of the year.


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