DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (News4utah) – A Davis County man who was convicted of slitting his wife’s throat in 2013 has been denied parole.
The Utah State Board of Pardons and Parole denied Kristopher Ertmann parole stating they found aggravating factors of risk to public safety and also weighed heavily on the victim’s impact statement.
Ertmann was sentenced in 2014 for one count of attempted aggravated assault and one count of criminal solicitation for trying to kill his wife, then attempting to hire what turned out to be an undercover officer to kill his wife while he was incarcerated.
At the time of sentencing, prosecutors told the judge they did not believe Ertmann could be rehabilitated.
Ertmann will not be eligible for another hearing until June 2029.
The couple was going through a bitter divorce in 2013 and during a meeting in a store parking lot, along with the couple’s son in the car, Mead says Ertmann slit her throat. Mead called 911 and told dispatchers she had attempted suicide and her neck was bleeding but when paramedics arrived she told them her estranged husband was the one to actually cut her.
Mead miraculously recovered and has since gone on to share her story across the nation in an effort to help others.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing abuse, there is help. Victims can call Utah’s domestic violence hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465)