Court rules woman convicted in death of Utah deputy needs new trial

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Meagan Grunwald, a woman convicted of helping murder a Utah County Sheriff Deputy, won a partial victory with the Court of Appeals.

Grunwald is serving consecutive sentences of 25 years to life for the murder of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride in 2015 as well as aggravated robbery. Those charges were upheld by the court of appeals.

She was also convicted of numerous other charges related to the shooting death.

The Court of Appeals ruled Grunwald should get a new trial for those other charges that included the attempted murder of Deputy Greg Sherwood.

It’s up to the Utah County Attorney’s Office to decide if they want to try her on those separate issues.

Former prosecutor Kent Morgan explained that this decision by the courts is rare; usually appellate court decisions are sweeping and include all counts. Morgan said, “I think reasonable people could look at this and say, she’s been convicted, it’s enough and this is a waste of tax payer money. A reasonable jury and prosecution could also say, no, you attacked law enforcement, and you need to know that every time you do so you will receive the maximum penalty.”

Grunwald’s boyfriend Jose Angel Garcia Jauregui was the actual shooter, but he was killed by police during a shootout in Utah County.

Read the court’s opinion here

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