Widow of fallen officer relieved appeals court upheld murder conviction

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – It was a bittersweet victory for Nanette Wride.

Thursday, the Utah Court of Appeals issued a split ruling in Meaghan Grunwald who appealed her 2015 convictions including the murder of Sgt. Cory Wride.

But the court of appeals ruled in favor of Grunwald for some of the charges including the attempted murder of Deputy Greg Sherwood.

“So she’s not getting out which was a huge relief to us,” Wride said.

She said waiting for the ruling has been agonizing.  She attended oral arguments and had to wait for Thursday’s ruling.

She received news Thursday afternoon that Grunwald’s lengthy prison sentence
for the murder of her husband.

But the court found errors in the case involving Sherwood.

“My heart sank because I knew that the Sherwood’s would be looking to have to go back to court and it would be such an injustice,” she said.  “(It’s) just heartbreaking.”

Grunwald’s boyfriend killed Wride and wounded Sherwood during a 2014 crime spree.  The boyfriend was killed in a shootout with police.  She was an accomplice.
 
Her attorneys could appeal the ruling to the supreme court in hopes of overturning the murder and robbery conviction.  

And depending on the outcome of that ruling, Utah County prosecutors could also ask for a new trial for Sherwood.

“It makes everything fresh as if it was that day and we have healed so much in the last four years and to have to relive it freshly like that, I can’t even imagine,” Wride said.

Over the past four years, Wride has become a community activist championing causes for law enforcement.  She wishes Grunwald could also turn her life around for the good.

“I’ve had to make something positive out of this tragedy,” Wride said.  “I’ve had to go forward and grow.  I was hoping she would do good things, that she would make good choices and she would grow and touch people’s lives for the positive. But she’s not doing that and that’s sad.”

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