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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Sentencing set for Anglesey

 

November 1, 2017



Two days have been set aside for the sentencing of a man who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy.

Jacob Anglesey, 35, will appear in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery, Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. for a sentencing hearing to the felony charge.

Anglesey, a GRPD officer at the time, was originally charged with first-degree murder, but three days before his trial was set to begin, he changed his plea on a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Anglesey is facing a maximum prison sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

When one enters a no contest plea, they are neither admitting nor denying guilt, they are simply admitting that there is enough evidence in the affidavit information to obtain a conviction.

Luke Benson, Green River Police Det. and public relations officer, confirmed on Friday that Anglesey is no longer employed with either the city of Green River or the police department.

The Case

Anglesey was placed on administrative leave after he was indicted for a first-degree murder charge Feb. 3, 2016, in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James in front of a grand jury.

At that time, the jury convened to determine whether or not there was enough probable cause to charge Anglesey with first-degree murder, which stemmed from the 2009 death of Konnor Allen, a 2-year-old boy. Allen was the son of Phylicia Rasdall and Corry Allen.

The jury trial was scheduled to take place in February of 2017, but Anglesey requested the trial date be continued.

His request was granted by Judge Lavery, with the trial then scheduled to take place Sept. 11, 2017, at 9 a.m., but Anglesey changed his plea Sept. 8.

In an article titled “Child’s death under investigation,” in The Green River Star’s March 18, 2009, edition, “The male child, Allen, had suffered a head injury and was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County; and subsequently Life Flighted to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Allen died from the injury. An autopsy was conducted by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.”

The article also states, the person reporting accident was an off-duty police officer who was at the residence at the time of Allen’s injury. This officer was later identified as Anglesey. In 2009, Anglesey reported the child was injured in a fall.

According to information released by the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, after the incident, the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office was notified and they contacted the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an investigation. DCI presented its initial findings to a special prosecutor, requested by then Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson, and appointed by the Sweetwater County Commissioners on March 12, 2009.

After reviewing the investigation, the appointed special prosecutor declined to initiate charges, but the case remained open with DCI.

In 2015, DCI agents presented their findings and expert reports to Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe, the release states. The investigation presented alleged inconsistent statements from Anglesey as to the cause of Allen’s injuries, and the medical exam report. Also included were medical reports citing the injuries to Allen were caused by non-accidental trauma.

Anglesey, who worked at the GRPD for years, was best known as the police department’s K-9 handler.

 

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