BLUFFDALE, Utah — One of Utah’s most notorious criminals has been moved out of a maximum security facility at the Utah State Prison.
The Utah Dept. of Corrections confirmed to FOX 13 that convicted forger and bomber Mark Hofmann was transferred to the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. He was moved after a re-evaluation of his housing situation, said prison spokesman Steve Gehrke. Corrections officials have been re-evaluating the housing situation for maximum security inmates to determine if that’s the best place for them.
“His institutional history is pretty clean. He doesn’t have any behaviors that would indicate he’d be a problem. For the time being, of course. We’ll look at it on a continual basis,” Gehrke said.
Hofmann’s cellmate, convicted killer Dan Lafferty, was also moved out of maximum security but remains at the Utah State Prison in Bluffdale, Gehrke said. Lafferty is serving a life sentence for the murders of two relatives whose throats were slit. (His brother, Ron Lafferty, is on death row.)
Hofmann was kept in maximum security in part because of his notoriety. But in the decades he’s been in prison, he has become less of a security issue.
Hofmann is serving a life sentence for the murders of two people back in the 1980s. He was accused of bombing them in an attempt to cover his tracks in a series of forgeries of early-Mormon history documents.