Duo Sentenced in House Fire Fatality Case

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A Carbon County pair appeared before Seventh District Judge George Harmond on Monday for sentencing in a 2014 house fire fatality.

Michael John Dees, 39, and Ashley Ann Platt, 22, were originally charged in Seventh District Court with murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy in connection with the death of Brian William Swink. On July 27, the charges were amended through a deal with Carbon County prosecutors. The duo pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony, and negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor.

Judge Harmond sentenced Platt to 36 months of probation and a jail sentence of 120 days. Dees was ordered to complete 36 months of probation and pay a $2,000 fine.

The pair’s sentence comes a few weeks after James William Pendleton was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison for his role in Swink’s death after accepting a deal from prosecutors. Pendleton, 40, pleaded to reduced charges of attempted manslaughter and attempted kidnapping, both third-degree felonies.

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