A 31-year-old Ogden man, who was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison after he entered a guilty plea to manslaughter when his mother collapsed while giving testimony during his murder trial, was denied parole by the Utah Board of Pardons.
A new parole date was set for January 1992 for Greg Cardenas. Cardenas was sent to prison last year for the April 29, 1989, stabbing death of a friend, Jeffrey Ellis, 26, Ogden.Cardenas had entered a not-guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge but agreed to a plea bargain on the lesser charge of manslaughter after his mother was hospitalized following her brief testimony.
The agreement was reached because 2nd District Judge Ronald O. Hyde could have declared a mistrial after Carolina Cardenas, 57, was unable to continue her testimony on the advice of her doctor.
Ellis was stabbed and killed after he accused Cardenas of making a pass at his wife during a wedding the night before.