Court delays sentencing for former Utah corrections officer

Tuesday , February 13, 2018 - 7:05 AM

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A former Utah Department of Corrections officer who was arrested last year after being on the run for nearly a decade is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

The Deseret News reports 41-year-old William Lawrence had pleaded guilty to forcible sex abuse in 2007, but he failed to appear in court for sentencing in April 2008.

Authorities say Lawrence was accused of handcuffing a woman inside his apartment and demanding sexual acts. He was arrested in Hawaii by U.S. marshals in November.

Lawrence appeared in a West Jordan courtroom on Monday, and the judge granted the defense’s request for a new presentence report, delaying sentencing.

His attorney Adam Elmore indicated to the court that Lawrence intends to file a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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