Meagan Grunwald sentenced to at least 30 years in prison

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PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald will get a second chance. Wednesday, a judge gave a minimum of 30 years in prison with a chance of parole. All this for her involvement in the shooting death of Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride and the wounding of Deputy Greg Sherwood last year.

Grunwald was convicted in May of several felonies including aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. The triggerman, Grunwald’s boyfriend Jose Angel Garcia Jauregui was killed following a police shootout in Juab County.

The sentencing gave family members, including Deputy Sherwood an opportuning to show how the crime impacted their lives.

Sgt. Wride’s widow spoke of how she was at work on the day of the shooting and attempted to call her husband after being told police were at her home.

“I immediately called Cory and for the first time, for the first time in 18 years of marriage (sobbing) he did not pick up that phone,” said Nanette Wride.

That’s because Sgt. Wride was already dead. Hours before Nanette Wride picked up the phone call he had been gunned down while doing a traffic check on Jauregui who along with Grunwald were parked on the side of a state road near Eagle Mountain.

Grunwald dressed in her jail uniform apologized prior to being sentenced.

“I just want to say I’m very sorry for any pain and loss that I caused on January 30th 2014,” she said in court.
“It’s hard for me to ask for forgiveness when I have a hard time forgiving myself.”

But victims, including Deputy Sherwood were ready to forgive.
“We look forward to closure,” Sherwood said. “We are still trying to find our new normal. As difficult as it’s been we have forgiveness for Meagan so we can move forward.”

Despite their forgiveness they still wanted Grunwald punished for her poor choices.. She could have received a life sentence with no chance of parole. The second option was the family’s preference.

“I believe 25 years to life with the possibility of a chance of parole is an appropriate sentence,” said Kathy Wride, the mother of Sgt. Wride. “I also believe in second chances.”

And so did the judge. The judge gave her a sentence of 25-years to life for the aggravated murder. The lesser charges, including attempted aggravated murder of Sherwood will run concurrently. But the judge added an extra 5-years-to-life for aggravated robbery. That charge will run consecutive.

When Grunwald turns 48-years old she’ll get a chance for parole. Grunwald’s mother left the courtroom in tears telling reporters in a loud angry-like voice “no” when asked if she had a comment.

“I feel like a closing of a chapter, some peace inside because its ending,” said Nanette Wride outside the courtroom.

18-year old Grunwald now leaves the Utah County jail where she has spent more than a year.
Grunwald did not face the death penalty because she was a minor at the time of the incident.

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