Ogden serial rapist gets parole hearing

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Tim Gurrister

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DRAPER -- Jason Brett Higgins, a serial rapist who terrorized the Ogden area in 1996 and 1997 and now serving 30 years to life in prison, had a parole hearing this morning.

The parole hearing for Higgins, 38, was his first since then-2nd District Judge Parley Baldwin, now retired, sentenced him to consecutive 15-to-life prison terms.

Parole board member Don Blanchard sat for Higgins’ hearing. A decision on whether Higgins deserves a release date or a re-hearing date are ratified by the full five-member parole board, usually within two weeks of hearing.

The case against Higgins for nine rapes against eight women — one women was attacked and violated twice on separate occasions — was made with DNA testing. Higgins finally admitted to the rapes at his February 1998 sentencing. The string of attacks on women walking alone at night from August 1996 to February 1997 included two rapes in Roy.

The case broke when Higgins’ car was observed in the Ogden City Cemetery, parked oddly in the vicinity of his last rape. When contacted by police he claimed he was in the cemetery at the time visiting the grave of his grandfather.

But when taken to the cemetery site he could not locate the grave when asked to do so.

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