During parole hearing man who killed teen in ’98 says he’s willing to carry out sentence

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DRAPER (News4Utah)- Steven Keomanivong says he’s reformed but is willing to carry out his sentence.

He has been in prison for half of his life since the 1998 murder of Bethany Hyde.

The 38-year-old appeared for a parole hearing Tuesday at the Utah State Prison where he is serving two consecutive 1 to 15 years behind bars.

His sentence runs out in another 11 years, but he could qualify for early release.

Keomanivong told the hearing officer that murdering Hyde was a mistake and that he was “stupid” for trying to make a name for himself as a gang member.

Hyde’s family wasn’t at the hearing, but in the past, they have said they never want him out of prison.

“I agree,” Keomanivong said in the hearing. “I would feel the same way if someone took my family’s life, so I’m willing to accept any consequences.”

Keomanivong said if he could speak to the Hyde family he would tell them he’s sorry for the pain he caused them.

“I know I can’t just say sorry for taking someone’s life, because you can never say sorry for that, but I’m trying to better myself,” he said.

When asked how long he should be in prison Keomanivong said he was willing to accept any consequence because “I know I can’t just take someone’ s life and a [get a] pat on the back.”

The entire Board of Pardons will review his case before deciding if he will be released early.

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