Meagan Grunwald to get first parole hearing in 2042 after being convicted in Utah County deputy’s murder

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Meagan Grunwald returns to her seat at the defense table for a short recess after being cross examined by the prosecution during her trial at the Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Grunwald is charged as an accomplice in the 2014 shooting that killed Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride and injured Deputy Greg Sherwood. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

UTAH COUNTY — It will be 27 years before a teen convicted in the death of Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride will get her first parole hearing.

Meagan Grunwald is serving a life sentence for her role in the murder. On Tuesday, the parole board said she will get her first parole hearing in the year 2042.

At 18 years old, Grunwald was convicted by a jury earlier this year in the murder of Wride and the wounding of Deputy Greg Sherwood.

Wride encountered Grunwald — then 17 — and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia Jauregui, stopped along a roadside in Eagle Mountain on Jan. 30, 2014.

The defense claimed Grunwald had just learned that Garcia had a warrant out for his arrest, and that he killed Wride and forced her to drive in a high-speed chase that spanned two counties and resulted in the shooting of Sherwood, a carjacking near Nephi and a shootout with police that ultimately ended with Garcia dead.

While prosecutors conceded that Grunwald never pulled the trigger, they said she was not a hostage as the defense had claimed.

Prosecutors say she was a willing accomplice, acting out of love and a desire to keep her relationship going.  Even though she did not pull the trigger, Grunwald faced aggravated murder because Utah law does not allow for aiding and abetting.

8 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Good!! That will put her beyond childbearing years. She’ll leave prison older, and possibly a little wiser.

  • TRUTH

    Had she take the plea deal the prosecutor offered she could have been out in 15 years or maybe even less. Refusing to accept responsibility for her actions cost her another 12 years. Was it worth it?

    • ANOTHERBOB

      I’m sure life isn’t easy for her. Probably not easy either for the woman she made a widow, or for the children whose father she took from them. My prayers are for the victims and not for the perpetrator.

  • Wendy

    May God have mercy on Megan’s soul. This girl does not deserve this kind of sentence. She was a teen caught in a horrific situation. She is not innocent but her sentence is a travesty of justice.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      If Meagan Grunwald had taken responsibility for her actions and taken the plead deal she was offered she would have been out of prison in 10 years or less. The prosecutor tried to help her with a reduced sentence but she decided to gamble, and that gamble will cost her dearly.
      Nobody’s fault but hers Wendy.

    • TRUTH

      Ms. Grunwald was directly involved in the cold blooded murder of a peace officer and the wounding of another. It would have been a travesty of justice if she’d been sentenced any less time. She should have accepted the plea deal the prosecutor offered her.

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