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CONVICT SORRY HE STABBED COMMON-LAW WIFE TO DEATH

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A Provo man imprisoned for the 1994 stabbing death of his common-law wife told a state parole board member that he was sorry for the crime and is trying to change.

Donald E. Mossburg, 37, was originally charged with first-degree criminal homicide in the fatal slaying of 30-year-old Karri Larsen in the couple's bedroom. Larsen stumbled out to the front lawn where a neighbor found her.Mossburg pleaded guilty but mentally ill to manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and possessing methamphetamines, a third-degree felony. He entered prison last November after a judge rejected his request to serve his one-to-15 year sentence in the state hospital.

Following Mossburg's first parole hearing Tuesday, Don Blanchard of the Utah State Board of Pardons and Parole said he would recommend to other board members that Mossburg not get another hearing until 2004.

"I'm really sorry for what I've done," Mossburg told Blanchard. "What I've done is taken the most important thing from my children's life. And I can't replace that."

The couple had lived together for 13 years and had two children.

At a preliminary hearing last year, their 11-year-old daughter Aleshia Mossburg testified she had helped her mother hide knives from her father.

She also said Mossburg had whispered to her mother, "We're both gonna die," only days before she was killed.

Mossburg said he is not trying to regain contact with his children and has forfeited his parental rights.

"I'm doing everything I'm capable of to change," Mossburg said.

Doctors at the Utah State Hospital found Mossburg suffers from depression and drug dependency.