For Immediate Release
September 30, 2013
The Utah Attorney General’s Office will argue a Midvale man should spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and seriously injuring his live-in girlfriend. Andrew LeBeau is asking the Utah Supreme Court to reduce his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On February 24, 2019, according to testimony at his trial, LeBeau began beating his girlfriend and choking her to the point of suffocation. He threatened to kill her and then forced her into his car. After a chase by police, LeBeau crashed without braking directly into a parked truck at nearly 60 miles per hour. The victim suffered multiple arm and leg fractures, a broken pelvis and collar bone and a shattered eye socket. The injuries required titanium implants and left her permanently impaired.
LeBeau was convicted of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and failure to stop for the police. During the sentence hearing on December 1, 2009, LeBeau blamed the victim for distracting him while driving and stated she caused the crash.
Third District Judge Terry Christiansen ordered the maximum sentence because of LeBeau’s dangerous behavior, lack of remorse, refusal to take responsibility and for blaming the victim. The judge also said he did not consider a possible six, ten or 15-years to life in prison because the mitigating factors were “almost non-existent.”
Assistant Attorney General Jeanne Inouye will ask the Utah Supreme Court to affirm LeBeau’s sentence because the judge correctly considered the aggravating and mitigating factors. She will also argue life in prison without parole is the standard and proportionate sentence when the jury finds a defendant caused “serious bodily injury.”
Who: Assistant Attorney General Jeanne Inouye
What: Oral arguments for State of Utah v. Andrew LeBeau
When: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, October 3, 2013
Where: Utah Supreme Court, Matheson Courthouse, 450 S. State, Salt Lake City