A man who killed his cell mate at the Utah State Prison in 2011 will serve at least an additional 20 years for the crime.
The Utah Board of Pardons set a rehearing date of March 2025 for Jacob Paul Ecker, who was initially sent to prison in 2010 to serve up to five years after he threatened to harm a man at the Salt Lake City Main Library. Ecker had a hatchet in a backpack at the time, according to court documents.
At the prison, he and Alfonso Lopez, a friend, asked to be bunked together. Lopez, 27, was serving a sentence of up to 15 years for aggravated robbery and failure to respond to a police officer.