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ST. GEORGE – A Washington City man convicted of murdering his wife and stepson was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday despite a request by his attorneys to allow him the hope of release when he is elderly.

50 year old Richard Andrew Jones pleaded no contest to two charges of aggravated murder in September, six months after the prosecution announced it would not ask for the death penalty if Jones were found guilty.

5th District Court Judge Eric Ludlow said to Jones “Mr. Jones you will die as an inmate of the Utah State Prison. That is a sobering reality,” “You violently took the lives of two innocent people,” “In the presentence report you provided a statement that said, quote, ‘My life as a free man is over.’ That is an accurate statement.”

Jones shot his 19-year-old stepson, Owen Christopher Ellis, six times following a dispute at the family’s home Feb. 18, 2011, leaving Ellis dead on his bed.

Jones’ wife, Michelle, fled the home while calling 911 on a cellphone, but Jones followed her out onto the driveway, shooting her five times.

HURRICANE – Hurricane Zions Bank staff and customers had a scare earlier Tuesday when a fire broke out and they had to evacuate.

A contractor was working on the bank’s heating system when a small blaze sparked.

The contractor quickly put out the fire, which filled the bank’s basement with smoke.

Firefighters were called and an hour later the bank was completely ventilated and able to reopen.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has agreed to scrap three key provisions in its controversial 2011 immigration law and put limits on another in a settlement reached with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The deal, announced Tuesday by the ACLU and state attorney general’s office, means both sides agreed to accept the stipulations of a judge’s June split ruling on the law. The legislation was passed amid a wave of immigration crackdowns around the country.

The dropped provisions include allowing warrantless arrests based solely on suspicion of immigration status and making it a state crime to harbor a person in the country illegally.

The state will limit how officers can implement a provision that requires police to work with federal authorities to check the immigration status of people arrested for felonies or certain misdemeanors. This part of the law also gives authorities the discretion to check the citizenship of those stopped for traffic infractions and other lesser offenses.

Under the limits, officers cannot hold a person longer than normal just to wait for federal officials to verify their immigration status. That means if a person is stopped for a traffic offense that doesn’t require booking, he or she cannot be detained solely because of questions about immigration status.

(Provo, UT)  –  Renderings for the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Training Center expansion are now up for public view.  Church officials say construction will get under way this coming summer on several new buildings just south of the Provo Missionary Training Center.  The new buildings will increase the center’s training capacity to three-thousand-500 missionaries.

(West Valley City, UT)  –  State troopers will be out in force this weekend reminding folks to buckle up.  The “Click It Or Ticket” program runs through the end of the month in cities across the Beehive State.  The move comes as more people are hitting the road and 300-thousand Utahns still aren’t buckling up.  People spotted without their seatbelts will be issued a 45-dollar citation.

 

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