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Brian David Mitchell • For role in 2002 kidnapping, he will stay in prison until he dies. Elizabeth Smart • Tells Mitchell at the hearing, “You know what you did was wrong.”
Mitchell gets life
Smart addresses tormentor before he is sentenced in case that captured the world.
The Salt Lake Tribune
A.G. to challenge Brown’s innocence
Courts • After serving 17 years behind bars, Logan woman cleared in slaying of friend.
The Salt Lake Tribune
By MELINDA ROGERS
By AARON FALK
Elizabeth Smart gazed unﬂinchingly at the man who held her captive and raped her daily for nine months in 2002. As he’d done in court many times before, Brian David Mitchell quietly sang church hymns Wednesday, with his cuffed hands clasped together and his eyes closed. But the sentencing — for one of the most notable crimes in Utah history — proceeded despite Mitchell’s bizarre behavior. And at the finale of Mitchell’s eightyear legal saga, the former homeless street preacher’s antics in federal court were overshadowed by an assertive Smart, who evenly delivered a message to the man who took so much from her when she was just 14. Smart, now 23, drew a deep breath
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Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has flip-flopped on a decision not to appeal a Logan woman’s exoneration in a 1993 slaying, ofﬁcials at the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC) said Wednesday night. Debra Brown • T he decision to Exonerated for appeal comes more a 1993 murder than two weeks after 53-year-old Debra Brown was released from prison after being found “factually innocent” in her employer’s shooting death by a 2nd District judge. “RMIC believes the attorney general’s decision is incredibly irresponsible to taxpayers and cruel to Debra Brown and her family and supporters,” the innocence center said in a statement. “After being promised that the state would not appeal, Ms. Brown and her family were beginning to put their long ordeal behind them and to heal. Ms. Brown was looking
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I know exactly what you did. … You did it with a full knowledge. I also want you to know that I have a wonderful life now, that no matter what you do, it will not affect me again.”
Speaking to Brian David Mitchell prior to his sentencing
As pressure mounts, Diehl quits UTA board
Transit • 2010 legislative audit brought actions into question.
The Salt Lake Tribune
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By LEE DAVIDSON
Elizabeth Smart focuses spotlight on missing kids
Saying that miracles can happen, Elizabeth Smart held up photos of missing girls whose cases are similar to her own. › A4
Ex-wife speaks about abuse she, children endured
Debbie Mitchell seized the opportunity Wednesday to talk of her own victimization at the hands of her ex-husband — Brian David Mitchell. › A5
Brian David Mitchell leaves federal court in Salt Lake City after receiving a life sentence Wednesday for kidnapping Elizabeth Smart more than eight years ago.
TRENT NELSON | The Salt Lake Tribune
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Utah youngest in the nation
UTAH • Baby-loving Utah has the nation’s youngest median age and largest households, according to census data released Wednesday. Utah’s median age is 29.2. Its average household size of 3.10 is 17 percent higher than the national average. > A6
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More tornadoes strike across middle America
NATION • As Joplin, Mo., residents are still reeling from Sunday’s deadly tornado, powerful storms roar through middle America again Wednesday, with weak twisters touching down in isolated spots. > A3
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Controversial Utah Tra nsit Author it y board member Terry Diehl announced Wednesday that he is resigning under pressure — and the board gave him a parting gift by waiving for him a normal yearlong ban Terry Diehl • against former mem- Development bers doing business plans with the agency. Diehl says he is interested in developing land around transit stops. But a legislative audit last year said Diehl may have earlier broken state law and misused ofﬁcial information by trying to beneﬁt from a potential UTA commuter-rail station in Draper by buying rights to develop land around it. While Diehl’s announced plans don’t involve that Draper site — he earlier sold off his development rights there — “We thought that it is best that he not
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Terry Diehl was the target of legislative audit last year
A legislative audit last year said former UTA board member Terry Diehl may have broken state law and misused ofﬁcial information by trying to beneﬁt from a potential UTA commuter-rail station in Draper by buying rights to develop land around it.
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