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 - 4 B Spectrum Wednesday. January 16. 1991...
4 B Spectrum Wednesday. January 16. 1991 Hofmann moved to special area of state prison POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) - Admitted pipe-bomb pipe-bomb pipe-bomb killer and forger Mark W. Hofmann Hofmann has been moved from maximum maximum security to the Special Services Services Dormitory for treatment of depression, a Utah State Prison official said. The move will allow Hofmann to take part in mental health programs programs offered only to residents of the Special Services Dormitory, said Gerald Cook, director of institutional institutional operations at the prison. The dormitory also offers more privileges and freedom of movement movement than the maximum security unit where he was housed. Hofmann was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for the bombing deaths of Steven F. Christensen and Kathleen Sheets. Hofmann later said he killed Christensen, with whom he had had document dealings, to keep a fraudulent documents scam from being uncovered. He said he left the other bomb at the home of Christensen's former business associate, associate, Gary Sheets, to divert attention attention from documents. The bomb killed Sheets' wife. Prison officials said Hofmann attempted suicide on Sept. 15, 1988, and again last Aug. 22 by taking overdoses of antidepressant medications. medications. Following the last attempt, attempt, Hofmann forger was kept for observation in the prison infirmary. The move would not have been possible without an administrative override because Hofmann's classification classification under the prison system would keep him in maximum security. But the override does not mean Hofmann is being treated differently differently than other inmates, Cook said. "What we say is that we are treating him like any other inmate based on need and space." The Special Services Dormitory "is less secure in that it is dormitory dormitory with rooms and the individuals and not locked down. It isn't as much locks and chains but more monitoring individuals by staff," Cook said. Cook said Hofmann is not considered considered violent or prone to escape. "In terms of physical violence and escape, he isn t a threat. But he is a bright individual and if someone could manipulate circumstances, circumstances, he is one that could be put into that category," Cook said. Cook said Hofmann will continue to be monitored and if he is not benefiting from the program or if he refuses to take part he will be moved out of the Special Services Dormitory. i

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  1. The Daily Spectrum,
  2. 16 Jan 1991, Wed,
  3. Page 12


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