16 Year Old to be Youngest Inmate at Utah State Prison

16 Year Old to be Youngest Inmate at Utah State Prison

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A 16-year old girl will serve five-years to life in the Utah State Prison for helping to stab a female guard. And that makes Jessica Laurine Grundie the youngest inmate at the prison.

Grundie was sentenced yesterday. She pleaded guilty to first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder back in June.

Grundie and her co-defendant were both 15 when they were accused of planning to kill the guard at the Weber County juvenile detention facility with a knife they had smuggled in.

Melinda Rose Chasteen pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced in October.

Grundie and Chasteen are two of only three inmates under 18 at the Utah State Prison.

The other is 17-year old Matthew Prieto who's serving time for aggravated robbery.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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