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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)                    Clay Brewer, 17, of Snowflake, Arizona meets with his defense attorney Ron Yengich in Judge Wallace Lee’s 6th District Court in Panguitch Thursday Dec. 29 to make his first court appearance.  He is being charge as an adult with first-degree-felony counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, as well as a third-degree-felony count of failure to stop at the command of police, and misdemeanor counts of tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, theft and reckless driving. He is accused of killing 61-year-old Jimmy Woolsey during an attack at Turn-About Ranch School, located north of Escalante. Hearing: Teen accused of killing worker at Utah youth ranch told police, ‘I lost my mind’
    Panguitch • As he lay handcuffed to a hospital bed, 17-year-old Clay Brewer admitted that he had made many mistakes. And it didn’t just start with th...
    Updated May 25 2017 10:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Deserae Turner, center, with her father Matt Turner, left, and her mother April Turner, right, during a press conference at Primary Children’s Hospital, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Judge denies bail for second of two teens charged with shooting Deserae Turner
    Logan • A judge on Wednesday denied bail for the 16-year-old boy accused as an accomplice in the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner. Jayzon Decker...
    Updated May 24 2017 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Provided by Washington County Jail Samuel Heber Butler Police investigated six prior sex assault allegations against man charged in rape of Dixie State student
    In the two years before Samuel H. Butler allegedly raped a Dixie State University student, police agencies across Utah investigated six prior allegati...
    Updated May 23 2017 03:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dereck James ’DJ’ Harrison leaves Wyoming’s 3rd District Court in Kemmerer, escorted by 6 members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Harrison pleaded guilty to two of the counts, murder in the first degree while perpetrating a kidnapping and kidnapping of Kay Porter Ricks. Monday, April 17, 2017.   Utah man gets life without parole sentence for UTA worker’s death
    Kemmerer, Wyo. • In a letter read aloud at a sentencing hearing for Dereck James “DJ” Harrison on Wednesday, Lorie Ricks forgave the man who played a ...
    Updated May 17 2017 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Eight-month-old Lincoln Penland (Roy City Police) Ogden jury convicts day care worker of child abuse homicide
    An Ogden jury on Tuesday convicted a Roy day care worker of child abuse homicide for the 2014 death of an 8-month-old boy who was in her care. Jurors ...
    Updated May 16 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Eight-month-old Lincoln Penland (Roy City Police) Child-abuse homicide or negligence? Jury to decide fate of Roy day care owner charged in infant’s death
    Ogden • On a February day in 2014, 8-month-old Lincoln Penland suffered devastating injuries while he was at a Roy day care. His skull was fractured....
    Updated May 22 2017 03:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy   Sheriff Rick Eldredge San Juan County sheriff, 2 deputies charged with crimes
    The San Juan County sheriff was charged with a felony count of witness retaliation and other crimes Friday, and is accused of pointing an unloaded gun...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Roberto Miramontes Roman, accused of killing Millard County Sheriff deputy Josie Greathouse Fox makes his first appearance in 4th District Court in Fillmore, Utah before Judge Donald J. Eyre.  Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 PHOTO BY STUART JOHNSON/DESERET NEWS/POOL Federal prosecutors want life sentence — plus 80 years — for man convicted of killing Utah deputy
    When Roberto Miramontes Roman is sentenced next week for fatally shooting a Millard County deputy during a 2010 traffic stop, federal prosecutors will...
    Updated May 24 2017 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Eli Lucero  |  Pool photo Judge Thomas L. Willmore presides over the arraignment of Jayzon Decker and Colter Peterson in 1st District Court Thursday in Logan. Decker and Peterson are charged with attempted aggravated murder in the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner. Teens accused in shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner appear in adult court
    Logan • The two 16-year-old boys accused in the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner made their first appearances in adult court Thursday. A juveni...
    Updated May 11 2017 09:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   | File photo   Utah County Attorney Jeffrey Buhman addresses a news conference in Provo in November 2014. Is there prosecutor misconduct in Utah County? Citizen group wants oversight commission formed to find out
    Provo • After a string of high-profile criminal prosecutions ended in acquittals or dismissed charges, a group of Utah County residents is asking coun...
    Updated May 09 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Deserae Turner, holds hands with her mother April Turner, as they get ready to field questions at a press conference at Primary Children’s Hospital, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Judge: Alleged accomplice to Deserae Turner’s shooting will stand trial in adult court
    Logan • The 16-year-old Cache County boy charged as an accomplice in the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner will stand trial in adult court, a jud...
    Updated May 24 2017 06:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young University student Madeline MacDonald has become an activist in the wake of her sexual assault in Orem in December 2014. She requested access to the file generated by an Honor Code Office investigation of her conduct, and says it showed the school regarded her as a ’suspect’ after she reported the attack. The probe concluded she did not violate the code, she said. MacDonald said she is pleased but with some reservations about the changes to the Honor Code announced in October 2016. She reported a sex assault to BYU, Orem police in 2014; now Dixie State cops are connecting 3 more cases
    In 2014, Brigham Young University freshman Madeline MacDonald was disappointed — and worried about possible future allegations — when Orem police told...
    Updated May 05 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Charges dismissed against an NYC couple accused of sexually assaulting a woman during Sundance Film Festival
    Criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against a New York City couple who had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during last year’s Sundanc...
    Updated May 05 2017 09:08 am   |     |   Share
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  • (|  Tribune File Photo)    Angela Hill gives an interview during visiting hours at the Elko County Jail in Elko, Nevada on January 8, 2012. Utah woman sent to prison for her role in 2011 home break-in and robbery that resulted in two deaths
    A Utah woman was sentenced to prison Wednesday for her involvement in a 2011 home break-in and robbery that left a Sanpete County couple dead. Angela ...
    Updated May 04 2017 07:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Judge Thomas Low is seen here in a December 13, 2011, file photo. Civil rights group urges Utah officials to discipline judge who praised convicted sex abuser, a former Mormon bishop
    A civil rights group on Thursday lodged a complaint against a Utah judge who has been criticized for his complimentary remarks about a former Mormon b...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 11:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Deserae Turner, holds hands with her mother April Turner, as they get ready to field questions at a press conference at Primary Children’s Hospital, Thursday, April 20, 2017. ‘I am tougher than a bullet’: Utah girl shot in the head released from hospital
    Nine weeks after she was shot in the head and left to die in a Smithfield canal, 14-year-old Deserae Turner was released from the hospital Thursday. W...
    Updated May 24 2017 06:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Tim Carpenter  |  Utah Statesman Former Utah State University Linebacker Torrey Green’s leans to his defense attorney, Skye Lazaro during closing arguments in 1st District Court in April. A ruling on testimony admissibility in his case led to John Marcus Lowther, who had pleaded no contest to rape charges, to file to withdraw the pleas and challenge testimony against him. Torrey Green, former Utah State University football star, ordered to stand trial for allegedly committing multiple sexual assaults
    Logan • Seven separate criminal cases will move forward against former Utah State University football star Torrey Green, who is accused of sexually as...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dereck James ’DJ’ Harrison leaves Wyoming’s 3rd District Court in Kemmerer, escorted by 6 members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Harrison pleaded guilty to two of the counts, murder in the first degree while perpetrating a kidnapping and kidnapping of Kay Porter Ricks. Monday, April 17, 2017.   I’m to blame for UTA worker’s murder, Utah man says in Wyoming, but it was my father’s fault
    Kemmerer, Wyo. • Even as he pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and killing a Utah Transit Authority worker last year, Dereck James “DJ” Harrison shif...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 07:20 am   |     |   Share
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  • (In this Thursday, March 30, 2017, photo, Keith Vallejo leaves the courtroom, in Provo, Utah. A Utah judge sentencing the former Mormon bishop said the convicted rapist was an ’extraordinary, good man’ who did something wrong. The Salt Lake Tribune)   reports that Judge Thomas Low appeared to become emotional on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, when he sentenced Vallejo to up to life in prison for 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape. (Dominic Valente/Daily Herald via AP, Pool) Complaints mount against Utah judge who at rape sentencing called ex-Mormon bishop a ‘good man’
    Complaints are mounting against a Utah County judge who earlier this week praised a former Mormon bishop before sending him to prison for sexually abu...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 05:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Abdullahi ’Abdi’ Mohamed, who was shot and critically wounded by police last February, appears at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, for a preliminary hearing. Judge says criminal case for Utah teen shot by police will remain in juvenile court
    The criminal case filed against a Utah teen after he was shot by police near a Salt Lake City homeless shelter last year will remain in juvenile court...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 11:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy  |  Utah County Jail  Keith Vallejo Once free despite his sex assault convictions, it’s prison for former Mormon bishop
    Provo • A Utah judge who was criticized for allowing a former Mormon bishop to remain free on bail after he was convicted of nearly a dozen sex abuse-...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Abdullahi ’Abdi’ Mohamed, who was shot and critically wounded by police last February, leaves the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City in Jan. for a preliminary hearing. Mohamed was ordered to stand trial for robbery. Judge expected to decide Friday whether the criminal case for Utah teen shot by police should remain in juvenile court
    A judge is expected to decide Friday whether the criminal case for a Utah teen shot by police near a Salt Lake City homeless shelter last year will re...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Nearly a year later, state investigation continues into BYU police use of county law enforcement database
    Shortly after the state began investigating Brigham Young University’s police department last year, amid controversy over its access of other departme...
    Updated Apr 10 2017 10:04 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Relieved parents pick up their children at Mountain View High School in Orem Tueday Nov. 15.  A 16-year-old boy allegedly stabbed several other male students before turning his knife on himself .  The school was put on lockdown before parents could pick up their children. Utah teen ‘disappointed’ that victims didn’t die in November locker-room attack, assistant principal recalls
    After Luke Dollahite went on a bloody locker-room rampage that left five of his classmates seriously injured, the 16-year-old boy had a question for t...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 08:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • ‘I was caught a little off-guard,’ Utah man testifies of being hired to kill a friend’s ex-husband
    When you work for a construction company with a name like “Hired Gun Home Improvements,” it’s common to hear jokes about people hiring workers as hit ...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Charges dropped against ex-Utah cop once accused of making illegal drug buys
    A criminal case has been dismissed against a former narcotics police officer who was once accused of making illegal drug buys. Don Henry Johnson, 31...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 09:57 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)    A Utah County Sheriff’s deputy stands outside Mountain View High School Tuesday, Nov. 15, where five students were stabbed and one student was arrested, according to Orem police officials. Utah boy admits to locker-room attack that led a victim to play dead
    Orem • A 16-year-old Utah boy — whose locker-room attack led one victim to play dead because he “thought this was the end” — admitted to some charges ...
    Updated May 23 2017 06:42 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy  |  Sanpete County Sheriff  Anthony Christensen Utah man suspected in fiancee’s death told police she died after a car crash
    Despite his assertions that his fiancee was badly injured and died after a car crash, police believe a Mount Pleasant man may have had something to do...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 07:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Torrey Green’s leans to his defense attorney, Skye Lazaro after Judge Brian Cannell’s ruling to hear closing arguments on Wednesday, April 19. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. (Matt Halton/Utah Statesman) ‘I kept saying no’ — seventh alleged sexual assault victim testifies against former USU student Torrey Green
    Logan • While Debbie sobbed on the bathroom floor at a November 2015 party in Logan, a Utah State University football player held the door closed as T...
    Updated Apr 01 2017 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green leans toward his defense attorney, Skye Lazaro, in the 1st District Court on Thursday Û the second day of a three-day preliminary hearing. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. (Tim Carpenter/Utah Statesman) Accused former USU student Torrey Green texted ‘they said i raped them yes i did’ to friend
    In July 2016, former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green sent a text to a female friend. “they said i raped them yes i did its my fault im ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 07:34 pm   |     |   Share
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