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Longer term urged in Kiplyn Davis case

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Timmy Brent Olsen

Timmy Brent Olsen

Prosecutors have filed more motions asking for a lengthy prison sentence for Timmy Brent Olsen, saying his lies about the disappearance of Kiplyn Davis have victimized her family and obstructed justice.

Olsen, 29, was convicted on 15 counts of perjury on July 19 for lying to a grand jury investigating the 1995 disappearance of the 15-year-old girl. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 21.

In two motions filed Monday, prosecutors say testimony by witnesses at Olsen's perjury trial recounting the defendant's own words reveal that he beat and raped Kiplyn before killing her. Prosecutors also accuse Olsen of carrying out an extensive scheme to hide what happened after the teen's disappearance and suspected murder.

"If perjury is a crime threatening to society and the fabric of justice generally, then one who would commit perjury to cover up the disappearance and murder of a child is perhaps the most deserving of the greatest punishment," one of the motions reads.

Monday's motions were the latest in a string of pre-sentencing motions filed by prosecutors and Olsen's attorney arguing what kind of sentence he deserves.

The court's probation department has calculated a recommended range of nine to 11 years in federal prison based on a determination that Olsen's perjury was related to the offense of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors are calling for Olsen to spend as much as 33 years behind bars. They say Olsen's obstruction of justice by leading law-enforcement agents on a fruitless search for Kiplyn's body a month after his conviction, the pain inflicted on the teen's family and his rapes and assaults on other women detailed in court testimony add up to a harsher sentence.

Olsen's defense attorney Stephen McCaughey is asking for a sentence of no more than two years. He says allegations that his client raped and killed Kiplyn have never been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Olsen faces separate state charges of murder in the case after his federal sentencing.

The two sides also are arguing over whether Kiplyn's father should be allowed to testify at Olsen's sentencing.

McCaughey wrote that the judicial system is the victim in a perjury case. Prosecutors have said Kiplyn's family has been directly harmed because Olsen concealed the truth about the teen's disappearance and death.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to hear arguments over the motions.

Olsen is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the state murder charge beginning Dec. 6 in 4th District Court in Provo.