Sentencing hearing on June 25, 2012.
Officer Michelle Wright responded to a domestic violence call in Spanish Fork on October 31, 2008 where the victim was so badly beaten that Officer Wright thought she was wearing a Halloween mask. The defendant had pummeled the victimís face, swelling her eye shut, splitting open her eyebrow, and breaking her nose in at least 5 places; bitten her hand, causing a laceration and crush injury; kneeled on her arms and held a crutch against her throat, strangling her; kicked her in the ribs; and stomped on her foot as she tried to stand up, causing a fracture dislocation that had to be surgically repaired with permanent screws. The defendant then fled the scene and was not apprehended until he was stopped at a truck stop in New Mexico nearly a year later. During a three-day jury trial May 9-11, the defendant testified that he had no memory of the incident due to his drinking that day. After approximately 4 Ĺ hours of deliberation, the jury rejected that defense and found him guilty of first degree felony aggravated kidnapping with serious bodily injury; second degree felony aggravated assault; and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The first degree felony count carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, which the State expects will be imposed at the defendantís sentencing hearing on June 25, 2012.
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