Richard L. Worthington Plea Bargain Helpful Article, March 19, 1992

Article titled, "Family wants incident behind them" printed in The Daily Spectrum (Saint George, Utah), Thursday, March 19, 1992.

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Family wants incident behind them Worthington's plea bargain might help SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -The -The husband of slain nurse Karla Roth said he agreed to a plea bargain for his wife's killer so he could put the incident behind him and his four children. David Roth spoke a day after prosecutors agreed to a plea arrangement arrangement permitting Richard L. Worthington to escape the death penalty by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of murder. Salt Lake County Attorney David David Yocom said prosecutors were faced with several reluctant reluctant witnesses going into the trial inplnHino mnet rf the nostages neia Dy wortmngton during an 18-hour 18-hour 18-hour siege at a hospital hospital last September. None of them, he said, believed believed their captor should die for his crimes and may not have testified at a penalty hearing if Worthington had been convicted of aggravated murder. "All of them wanted Rick put away for a good, long time," Yocom said. "But none of them wanted him executed." ' As things stand, he said, it's likely the 40-year-old 40-year-old 40-year-old 40-year-old 40-year-old father of eight will be "eligible for Social Security before he's eligible for parole' David Roth said Tuesday that he talked to his children and his wife's family before signing off on the plea bargain. Justice for Worthington, he believes, will not be found at Utah State Prison. "In my opinion, he's got a greater power to answer to," Roth said. "That's where justice will come from." "I wanted to do what was best for my kids and Karla's family," he said. "I just want to get it behind and out of sight and out of mind and gone." Worthington pleaded guilty to felony murder, eight counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated aggravated burglary for the Sept. 21 siege at Alta View Hospital's Women's Health Center. He will be sentenced March 26. He had been charged with capital capital homicide in Roth's death, placing him in jeopardy of the death penalty. Three other felony felony charges were dismissed. Worthington had gone to the hospital armed with a handgun, shotgun and 14-pound 14-pound 14-pound dynamite bomb hoping to find Dr. Glade Curtis, an obstetrician who performed performed a tubal ligation on his wife two years earlier. Worthington claimed the operation, operation, which prevented Karen Worthington from having more children, was done without his permission. He broke into the hospital, then shot Roth while attempting to retrieve additional ammunition ammunition and a bomb trigger from his car. Yocom said the plea likely saved tens of thousands of dollars dollars in court fees for the same verdict a jury would have returned. The state would have had a hard time proving Worthington intentionally killed Roth, he said. David B. Reed D.C. HOME HEALTH CARE "When you're In pain, call me. I have the finest portable equipment available including, adjusting table, ultrasound and electrical sum. I provide gentle, effecb've care in the comfort of your own home. " HOUSE CALLS 10 a.m. -10 -10 p.m. 6 daysweek. $20 Home visit includes adjustment. Covered by most HEALTH INSURANCE. Ask about our Senior Discount. Serving St. Georoe Area

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The Daily Spectrum (Saint George, Utah)19 Mar 1992, ThuPage 10
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  • Richard L. Worthington Plea Bargain Helpful Article, March 19, 1992 — Article titled, "Family wants incident behind them" printed in The Daily Spectrum (Saint George, Utah), Thursday, March 19, 1992.

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