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A Vernal man serving a 15-years-to-life prison term for killing an acquaintance will have a long wait for a parole hearing.
The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has set a July 2046 hearing for Jesse Anthony Saenz, who will be 56 by then.
Saenz, now 25, was convicted in August by an 8th District Court jury of first-degree felony murder and two second-degree felonies, theft and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
In addition to the prison term for murder, Saenz was sentenced by Judge Clark McClellan to one-to-15 years for each of the second-degree felonies, with all three terms running consecutively to each other. The judge also ordered those sentences to run consecutively to Saenz's prior unrelated conviction of 15 years to life for aggravated sexual assault.
Saenz was convicted of the April 2013 slaying of Elvis Zachary Olsen, 22, who was found shot to death near Fort Duchesne on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.
Saenz was out on bail on the sexual assault charge and had cut off an ankle monitor on the day of the murder, according to police. He was found driving Olsen's car in Arizona nearly two weeks later and brought back to Utah to face charges.
The parole board reached its decision to make Saenz wait 32 years for a hearing after reviewing his file.