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MOAB — A prison parolee who pleaded guilty to stabbing and killing a Colorado man outside a Denny's restaurant has been ordered to prison.
Andrew Todd Curtis, 35, pleaded guilty to homicide by assault and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies, and attempted theft, a second-degree felony, on April 19 in connection with the Dec. 12 stabbing of Paul Tague, 32, of Denver.
Seventh District Judge Lyle Anderson sentenced Curtis to three terms of zero to five years in prison and ordered that the sentences be served concurrently to each other, but consecutive to any other prison terms.
Curtis pleaded the same day he was sentenced. Additional charges of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies, and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, were dismissed in exchange for the man's plea.
Curtis had recently been paroled from the Utah State Prison where he had served eight years for a shooting in the parking lot of the Rio bar in Moab when he stabbed Tague. The altercation took place outside a Denny's at 989 N. Main. A woman called police on her cellphone from outside the restaurant saying a man had held a knife to her neck.
While she was on the phone, the woman told police dispatchers the man was attacking another man in the parking lot. Police and paramedics found Tague with multiple stab wounds and transported him to Allen Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.