Jury finds Meagan Grunwald guilty in Utah County Sheriff’s deputy’s death

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah News) –  A Utah County jury found 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald guilty early Saturday of 11 of the 12 counts she faced from a 50-mile crime spree that left Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Wride dead and another severly wounded.

The Provo jury of six women and two men began deliberating Friday afternoon and returned with a verdict around 12:35 a.m., according to Utah Courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer.

Grunwald faces up to life in prison. Sentencing is set for July 8th. Grunwald cannot face the death penalty because she was a minor at the time of the incident. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui, was killed during a shootout with police.

During the two-week trial Grunwald testified she feared for her safety and the lives of her family during the January 2014 deadly chase that sped through three counties. She told jurors she was too afraid to stop driving after Garcia-Jauregui turned a gun on her. Prosecutors say the teenager was in love with her boyfriend and would do anything to stay with him, including driving the speeding getaway vehicle and slowing down so Garcia-Jauregui could take better shots at officers in close pursuit.

The two-week trial included testimony from Deputy Greg Sherwood who was shot in the head during the chase and a mother who pulled her child out of a car as it was being carjacked.

Grunwald was found guilty of 11 of the 12 counts, including aggravated murder, and was found not guilty of only one count, attempted aggravated murder.
 

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