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Note explains reasoning behind Allgier plea deal

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SALT LAKE CITY — In a surprise move last week, Curtis Allgier unexpectedly pleaded guilty to the 2007 killing of Utah Department of Corrections officer Stephen Anderson.

Monday, his lawyers released a statement from Allgier as to why he agreed to plea.

His handwriting is a little hard to read, but in the note Allgier writes that he is agreeing to a plea deal out of respect for Anderson's family. Then he writes of his plans to say the rest of what he has to say at his sentencing.

On Oct. 3, Allgier pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including three charges of aggravated murder. He shot and killed Anderson during a 2007 failed escape attempt while being escorted to University Hospital.

In pleading guilty, Allgier avoids the death penalty. He is expected to be sentenced to life without parole.

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