The Salt Lake County District Attorney has stated that if a Utah man accused of committing a triple homicide is found guilty, the D.A. will ask that the death penalty be the man’s consequence.
The 25-year-old man is accused of shooting four people in a private residence in Midvale. Of the four people shot, only one survived. Another man has already pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the same case; that person is supposed to testify against the man accused of the homicides whenever his trial should finally happen.
The death penalty has not been frequently sought after by district and county attorneys in Utah, but when it does come about it always presents a unique set of challenges for all parties involved–especially the defendant.
What Can Happen to Someone Convicted of a Capital Felony
In Utah, a person who pleads guilty to or his convicted of a capital felony will be sentenced according to specific statute which includes:
* an indeterminate prison sentence of a minimum of 25 years and which can be life or
* on or after April 27, 1992 life in prison without the possibility of parole
If a defendant is convicted of and sentenced to death, that conviction will automatically be reviewed by the Utah State Supreme Court within 60 days (which may be occasionally extended an additional 30 days.
Get the Attorney You Deserve
As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, it’s vital that any defendant–regardless of the crime he or she is charged with–get the best legal defense as soon as possible. Having an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney on your team from the beginning can make a huge difference in how your case turns out.
Do yourself a favor and talk to a top Utah criminal defense attorney today.