In 2010, Black was found murdered at her bookstore in South Salt Lake. The case remained unsolved for a decade.
After the case was transferred to the Salt Lake County sheriff’s office, detectives forwarded DNA found at the crime scene to Parabon labs. Using the latest DNA technology they found a person of interest for police.
Fast forward to Feb. 23, 2022 and Durborow has been officially sentenced.
The prosecutor describes the crime: Sherry Black was sexually assaulted and stabbed nine times.
The attorney on behalf of Black says that her childhood sweetheart found her on the floor, and has lived with guilt for 10 years about the terrifying incident.
“I’ve been told what a wonderful woman she was,” said her husband Earl Black. ” But I don’t have her anymore. I have the memory of coming home and finding her in a provocative position with a pair of shears sticking out in her heart.”
But even after the horrors this family has endured, Black’s granddaughter testifies, “Evil did not win that day, good ultimately triumphs.”
Over the years, Black’s daughter was at the forefront of providing media attention to the murder that had turned into a cold case. She pleaded in hopes the killer would turn himself in. He never did, leaving the family wondering and in pain.
“On November 30th, 2010, a life sentence of loss, pain, sadness and grief was handed down to our family by the defendant.”
Durborow was given an opportunity to apologize prior to his sentencing. He chose not to. Instead, his attorney offered a few brief words including the fact that he was a “troubled 19-year-old” when he murdered Black and that he was sorry.
The judge gave him a life sentence with no chance of parole. Black’s family ultimately erupted in bittersweet relief as Durborow as the sentence was handed down.
Afterwards, Black’s family gathered before the media saying they were pleased with the punishment.
“This is the dawn of a new day,” said Heidi Miller. “We are going to put him behind us and we are going to do good things and remember her.”