Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Scott Curley sentencing hearing

Coconino County court house packed.  Extra chairs have been brought in to accommodate all those in attendance.  Judge is reviewing the case.

Brian Harris' wife Shauna is reading a statement about how her family has been affected by the death of her husband.  Shauna asked judge to sentence Curley with natural life in prison with no chance of parole.

Audience consists of most of the officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Office, the family of Deputy Harris and family of Scott Curley.

Audience was shown a slide show about the life of Deputy Harris.

Scott Curley was allowed to read a statement to the court.

Curley's attorney making points for sentence allowing for parole
-says he was mentally ill.
-says Curley has family support.
-says he was young at the time.
-drug and alchol abuse was a factor.

Prosecutor now addressing the judge.
-says Curley stole rifle with the intent to kill.
-says  Curley knew what he was doing.
-asked judge for natural life in jail.
-says he will kill in the future if let out.

Judge ruled that he feels Curley would not have killed someone if he wasn't mentally ill. He sentenced him to life in prison with possibility of parole after 25 years. He was given an additional 12 years for other charges which will be served concurrently. With time served he should not be eligible for parole for about 35 years.

Kane County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Coconino Sheriff's Office and Coconino County Attorneys who have put so much time and effort into this case on our behalf. It has been a long emotional two years for the Harris family and the Southern Utah law enforcement community.

There is definitely some disappointment in the judges decision and the reasons he used to arrive at that decision. Hopefully the family and friends of Brian can now begin to heal and move on. Brian is still greatly missed by all those who knew him. Not a day goes by that we are not reminded in some way about him.

Goodbye old friend.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scott Curley Sentencing Hearing

Press Release:
Alan Alldredge, Kane County Sheriff’s Office
11:45 AM 10/12/2012

Scott Curley Sentencing Hearing to Begin Tomorrow
This Friday October 19th will be one week shy of 26 months since Kane County Deputy Brian Harris was killed while attempting to locate a fleeing subject near Fredonia Arizona.  The Subject, Scott Curley, from Fredonia Arizona, was wanted for a burglary and assault during the days leading up to the August 26, 2010 death of Deputy Harris.  Curley was captured three days later after a large manhunt by hundreds of law enforcement personnel from Utah, Arizona, and several federal agencies.  Curley has been housed in the Coconino County Arizona jail awaiting trial since then. 
On September 21, 2012, Curley changed his plea to guilty on the charge of 1st degree felony murder, one charge of aggravated assault, and one burglary.
The sentencing hearing begins tomorrow, Thursday October 18, 2012, and is planned for two days at the Coconino County Court House in Flagstaff, Arizona.  The final decision on Curley’s future will then be in the hands of the judge.
Updates to this information will be made as it becomes available.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fatal accident in Kane County

Press Release:
Alan Alldredge, Kane County Sheriff’s Office
As of 3:00 PM Friday October 12, 2012

Rollover accident in Kane County ends in fatality.

At approximately 9:00 AM Friday October 12, 2012, Kane County Sheriff’s Office  dispatch center received a 911 call from an individual stating that they had been involved in a rollover accident.  The accident had occurred around 9:00 PM the night before. 
The three occupants of a 1998 Ford Explorer had left Kanab, Utah the evening of October 11th with intentions to drive to a friend’s home in the Deer Springs Ranch area of Kane County.  The individuals were unfamiliar with the area and became lost.  Evening rain storms in Kane County and possibly slick roads may have contributed to the accident.  The vehicle slid off the road and rolled, ejecting two females.  Ejected were  the driver Tanya Sales, 47,  and back seat passenger Jaylyne Doramus, 21.  The front seat male passenger, Gary Cross, 55,  remained in the vehicle.  The female ejected from the back seat was fatally injured.  The male passenger was able to assist the driver back into the vehicle for shelter from the ongoing rain storm where they remained throughout the night.  All three were residents of Kanab.
When it was light enough Friday morning, they were able to find a cell phone in the wreckage to call for help.  The phone, which was only being used as a camera,  was not activated at the time, but was still able to make a call to 911.  Because of the remote area of the wreck, and the occupants being unfamiliar with the area, it took law enforcement officers from Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Kanab City Police, UHP, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources  almost 50 minutes to locate the wreck. 
The wreck occurred approximately five miles East of Glendale Utah on the Glendale Bench Road.  The injured passengers were treated at the scene and transported by Kane County Ambulance to the Kane County Hospital in Kanab, Utah. 
At the time of this press release, both of the injured passengers were still at Kane County Hospital.  The body of Miss Doramus was transported to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.
As a side note to this story, Jaylyne gave birth to a baby two weeks ago.  The baby was safe in Kanab with its father at the time of the accident.

The incident is still under investigation by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Highway Patrol.