The Daily Spectrum (Saint George, Utah) 15 Feb 1983 Tue
Nelson gets life term SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - Third District Court Judge James Sawaya has sentenced Kenneth Nelson to life in the Utah State Prison in the killing of a Salt Lake County teenager, and Sawaya says he will recommend that Nelson never be freed. Nelson pleaded guilty Monday to the capital homicide complaint, just two weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial on charges he stabbed and strangled Larry Ray, 17, and then dumped Ray's body in a root cellar near the victim's home. ; Nelson was on parole at the time of the Feb. 22, ; 1982. killing. He had been convicted on a 1977 charge of sexual assault involving a 14-year-old youth. In 1975. Nelson had also been convicted of forcible sodomy involving a 13-year-old boy. Before sentencing the 26-year-old Nelson, Sawaya asked him, "Are you pleading guilty to this offense because you committed it?" "Yes sir,"; Nelson answered.