Meagan Grunwald rejects plea deal

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Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Meagan Grunwald, a teen charged in connection with a fatal officer shooting in Utah County is escorted by baliffs into her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo Wednesday April 16.

PROVO, Utah — A Draper teen involved in a deadly shootout that happened through two counties rejected a plea deal Monday morning.

In January Meagan Grunwald, who is now 18, was in a truck with Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui when police say he fatally shot Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride and wounded Deputy Greg Sherwood.

Grunwald is charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder and a dozen other charges.

The deal Grunwald rejected Monday would have had her pleading guilty to first-degree felony murder and two counts of third-degree felony attempted robbery and aggravated assault.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors would have recommended she be released after 15 years in prison.

A trial date is expected in February 2015.


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