Accomplice sentenced to 30 years in death of Member of Parliament for Utah Co.
PROVO, Utah – Meagan Grunwald was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for her role in the 2014 murder of an assistant in the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Last month, Grunwald, who initially faced life imprisonment, entered into a plea deal for reduced fees second degree felony charges of manslaughter and assault of a police officer. The deal allowed Utah County prosecutors to avoid a new trial after his first conviction was overturned due to errors in jury instructions.
Judge Darold McDade has said he is imposing the maximum sentence on the two counts of manslaughter, which will range consecutively from 1 to 15 years each. Grunwald will also be serving a sentence for aggravated theft.
The Utah Pardons and Parole Board will have the final say when she is released.
Grunwald was with her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia Juaregui, when he shot and killed Sgt. Cory Wride as he approached their van on a Lehi road. She left, leading a multi-county chase that ended in Juaregui’s death.
Before the sentence was read, Grunwald’s attorney said his client expressed remorse for his actions on the night of Wride’s death and that the MP’s own family accepted his apology. However, Wride’s widow disputed this account when speaking to the judge.
“Although we extended our hand in forgiveness, we haven’t forgotten,” Wride’s widow Nannette said.
Wride’s 21-year-old daughter KylieAnne read an emotional statement saying how she mourns the loss of her father over and over again to Grunwald. She added that Grunwald did not do enough to receive a short sentence.
At the trial, Grunwald, who was 17 at the time, Juaregui said forced her to drive and lead the hunt.
Prosecutors, however, argued that she wanted to help him. She was convicted of murder under the Utah accomplices law.
But the state’s highest court later concluded that different instructions to the jury could have led to a different result.
In a new statement that accompanied her plea agreement earlier this month, Grunwald admitted that she was “reckless as to whether my help would result in the death of the sergeant. Write.
Grunwald will have 30 days to appeal his conviction.