Richard L. Worthington Sentenced Article, March 28, 1992
Judge sentences admitted killer ot hospital nurse SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Richard L. Worthington has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for slaying a nurse and holding eight hostages in a hospital hospital maternity wing. "Thirty-five "Thirty-five "Thirty-five years that's my life!" Worthington told his attorney attorney after 3rd District Judge Timothy Timothy Hanson imposed the sentence. Hanson handed down the sentence sentence late Thursday after hearing hearing testimony from Worthington, members of his family and his victims. Hostages asked the judge to impose a life sentence without the possibility of parole, but Worthington family members and friends described him as a kind, loving man, a leader in the Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts, and they asked for mercy. "In many ways, I with this had gone to trail," said nurse Susan Woolley, one of the hostages. "I know his behavior over the years has been unconscionable. He's been allowed to threaten, to coerce and to intimidate. I feel the plea bargain has allowed much of this to be swept under the carpet." The judge described the hospital hospital as a sanctuary and said, "Unfortunately, "Unfortunately, Mr. Worthington in- in- : - - b Richard Worthington vaded that sanctuary and made it a place of terror ... and that is inexcusable." At times weeping uncontrollably uncontrollably during the four-hour four-hour four-hour hearing, hearing, Worthington told Hanson, "I literally, hour upon hour, day upon day, sat in my cell and cried for Karla Roth," the nurse he shot to death at the beginning of the siege. "Do you believe in repentance and forgiveness?" the 40-year-old 40-year-old 40-year-old 40-year-old 40-year-old landscaper said to the victims victims and their families. "What do I need to do to you ... to make you understand that repentance doesn't take a lifetime sometimes?" Worthington had pleaded guilty March 16 to reduced charges, a week before jury selection was to begin for a trial. In a plea bargain, Worthington pleaded guilty to one count of felony murder, eight counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated burglary. A capital murder charge for which Worthington could have received the death penalty was dismissed. The judge imposed two concurrent concurrent terms of five to life for the murder and aggravated burglary, the minimum mandatory mandatory sentences of 10 years to life for the eight counts of aggravated aggravated kidnapping, some conse MOM'S 595 So. Bluff St cutively, so the term would run at least 35 years. After his arrest, Worthington twice attempted suicide at the Salt Lake County Jail but was not seriously hurt in either incident. The family of Mrs. Roth has filed suit against Karen Worthington Worthington for alleged failure to warn the hospital that her husband was on his way there and that staff members could be in danger. Worthington shot Roth and took over the women's center, threatening to detonate dynamite dynamite authorities estimated could have leveled half a city block. VIKINGVogufi irorsnc Magazine AN ADVENTURE IN CREATIVE SEWING FOR CHILDREN Tips for embellishments Tips for a better fit Tips for specialty fabrics FABRICS St George 628-0683 628-0683 628-0683 jtam.7p.rn.