Man who slit wife's throat appears before parole officer

Davis County Board to determine if man serving life sentence gets parole. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- A Davis County man in prison for slashing his wife's throat and also trying to hire a hitman to have her killed had a parole hearing Thursday.

Kristopher Ertmann is serving a life sentence at the Central Utah Correctional Facility.

“The thing that scares me the most, is he will come for my sweet little boys, just because he knows how much I love them,“ Tiffany Mead testified at the parole hearing of her ex-husband Kris Ertmann, making it clear of what she believes his intentions would be if he were to ever get out of prison.

“There is no doubt in my mind he will come for me, and he will finish what he started,” she said.

Back in 2013, Ertmann slit mead's throat in front of Davis High school, he then forced her to call 911 and say she tried to commit suicide.

He was later convicted for the crime and while behind bars he tried to hire a hitman to have her killed.

“I wake up every morning wondering if today is going to be the day that Kris will summon someone to ‘Have fun’ killing me,” she said referencing what he told a decoy hitman he thought he was hiring when he was giving the go ahead to have her killed.

“For the last five years, I have been suspicious of everyone I walk past, did Kris send them?”

During the hearing Ertmann, was not showing any emotion, declined to talk about the case, and only said he's waiting on an attorney, “I did find one, he hasn't been hired to represent me in the case, but he's been hired by my family to gather information,” Ertmann told the Senior Hearing Officer.

Davis County Sheriff's Captain Jen Daley who worked the case was there to support Mead.

“That couldn't have gone any better for your sweetheart, I am so happy you did such a good job, you are strong,” she told her after the hearing. “The lack of responsibility for all of it, you couldn't have asked for anything better in my opinion,” she told Mead.

Mead said although she doesn't know the outcome, something the Senior Hearing Officer said gave her some comfort, “The fact that she said that she doesn't think parole is going to be visited, that is the best news I've heard in the almost four years that he's been in prison. I feel like maybe I can start relaxing a little, living like normal.”

A board will vote, they can grant Ertmann

  • A re-hearing
  • An expiration, which means he will stay in prison for life
  • Or parole

A decision is expected in a week to a month.

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