A Roy man who was acquitted in April of killing his wife was ordered Friday by the Utah State Board of Pardons to serve his entire five-year prison sentence for offering a police agent $10,000 to kill the chief witness against him in the murder trial.
Thomas W. Randolph Jr., 34, pleaded guilty in May to witness tampering, a third-degree felony. He was charged in January with conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony, for trying to arrange the killing of Eric Tarantino, the state's key witness in the murder trial.In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Randolph pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in return for having an additional drug charge against him and murder conspiracy charges against his girlfriend, Wendy Z. Moore, 30, of Layton, dismissed.
Police said Randolph, while awaiting trial in the Davis County Jail, asked a fellow inmate to help him make arrangements to kill Tarantino. Defense attorneys argued the case was more entrapment than witness tampering, and a jail informant was promised freedom in return for his cooperation when he was planted in Randolph's jail cell.