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No parole for man shot in ’96

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OGDEN (AP) — A man who has spent a decade in prison after a confrontation with a state trooper as a teenager will not be released until 2011.

Tony Colwell, 26, was convicted of attempted aggravated murder for pointing a gun at trooper Don Sagendorf during a traffic stop in downtown Ogden in October 1996.

Prison staff had recommended his release, but the Board of Pardons accepted the recommendation of a hearing officer, who said Colwell should stay locked up for five more years, the Standard-Examiner reported Monday.

Sagendorf visited Colwell in prison a year ago. He did not attend a recent parole hearing.

Colwell, who was shot seven times, never got off a shot in the confrontation. Prosecutors claimed the gun misfired, but he said he never pulled the trigger. At trial, his attorney said Colwell was suicidal.

"There is no justice in the justice system," Colwell's mother, Nelda Colwell, said of the board's decision.

She noted that Timothy Singer was recently released from prison, less than 20 years after fatally shooting an officer during a 1988 standoff.

"I'm not defending Tony's behavior. ... But they're acting like Tony did it, like he murdered a police officer." Nelda Colwell said.

The parole board listed "denial or minimization" as a factor working against Colwell's immediate release.