According to reports, 4th District Court Judge Darold McDade sentenced the 18-year-old Grunwald to serve 25 years-to-life in prison with the chance of parole. He added another 5-to-life for other charges, bringing the total to 30-to life.
“I’m very sorry for any pain or loss I have caused,” Grunwald sobbed as she spoke to the judge. “I do regret all of my actions.”
The sentence came at the request of Sgt. Cory Wride’s family, who offered moving statements of forgiveness.
“You are forgiven,” Sgt. Wride’s widow, Nannette, cried as she spoke to Grunwald. “Sweet girl, I hope one day you can forgive yourself.”
Grunwald and her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, were stopped in a pickup truck on Jan. 30, 2014 along State Route 73 in Eagle Mountain when Wride pulled up to assist. Garcia-Juaregui fatally shot Wride as he sat in his sheriff’s office cruiser, then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Utah and Juab counties.
Garcia-Juaregui was shot and killed in a shootout with deputies near Nephi.