Tooele man once called a 'time bomb' broke into man's house, assaulted him, charges say

A Tooele man who served more than 10 years in prison for manslaughter now faces new charges in an assault investigation.

A Tooele man who served more than 10 years in prison for manslaughter now faces new charges in an assault investigation. (BCFC, Shutterstock)



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TOOELE — A Tooele man prosecutors once called a "time bomb," who served more than 10 years in prison for causing a fiery crash that killed a woman, is now facing new criminal charges.

Shane Roy Gillette, 46, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

On May 19, Gillette forced his way into a residence in Tooele and repeatedly hit a man, "giving him a black eye and knocking a front tooth out," according to charging documents.

In January of 2011, Gillette — who was not wearing shoes, socks or a shirt and had scraped away only a tiny hole in the frost on his car windshield — drove 70 mph on a Salt Lake street and slammed into another vehicle stopped at the intersection of 500 South and 300 East. The car driven by Julie Ann Jorgenson burst into flames and Jorgensen, who would have turned 27 the next day, was killed.

Gillette was convicted of manslaughter and operating a vehicle negligently causing injury or death for that incident in 2014. A judge sentenced Gillette to two terms of zero to five years in prison and ordered the sentences to run consecutively.

During a parole hearing in 2017, a member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole stressed that Gillette needed to take care of his mental health whenever he was released.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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