The girlfriend of a Utah cop killer dodged a life sentence — with the blessing of the slain lawman’s grieving widow.
Meagan Grunwald, 18, faced judgment day on Wednesday for acting as the getaway driver during her boyfriend’s deadly rampage.
But a judge sentenced her to a minimum of 25 years for aggravated murder after the wife of dead Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride called for mercy, according to reports. Grunwald will also have to serve 5 years for aggravated robbery but could have spent the rest of her life behind bars.
“You are forgiven,” Nannette Wride told Grunwald, according to a Salt Lake Tribune reporter. “And sweet girl, I hope you can forgive yourself.”
The teen was in the driver’s seat in January 2014 when her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jose Garcia-Jauregui, shot it out Utah County Sheriff’s deputies.
Wride was killed and another deputy, Greg Sherwood, was severely wounded in the running gun battle that covered 50 miles.
Garcia-Jauregui was also killed in the shootout.
Grunwald was convicted in May of aggravated murder and 10 other charges despite her pleas she was at the mercy of her murderous older lover.
But prosecutors showed the teen was critical accomplice to the bloodshed.
She and Garcia-Jauregui were stopped on the side of the road when Wride spotted them and pulled over.
Garcia-Jauregui, who was wanted on an arrest warrant, gave Wride a fake name.
When the veteran lawman grew suspicious, Garcia-Jauregui unloaded on him.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Doyle Murphy