Ferretti pleads guilty to 2008 murder of woman

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday morning for the 43-year-old Colorado man accused of killing a woman in 2008 and disposing of her body in Logan Canyon, but a last-minute plea agreement changed those plans.Robert W. Ferretti pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder Monday morning in 1st District Court, bringing a sudden end to what was scheduled to be a five-day jury trial. Prospective jurors, attorneys and family members of Tiffany Britt Jarman, the woman who was shot in the head in 2008, poured out of Judge Kevin Allen’s courtroom at about 10:30 a.m. Monday.Cache County Attorney James Swink said everyone was planning to go forward with a jury trial until Ferretti started to consider a plea agreement Sunday evening.”We anticipated it (a trial) clear up until last evening,” Swink said. “(Ferretti) realized it was going to trial and … he would have to be taking the stand and be a big part of that.”Probably more importantly, the evidence was so compelling in this case and he was fully aware of the evidence … the state was going to put on. It was convincing.”Swink said the family of Tiffany Britt Jarman were able to get some closure with Ferretti’s plea. The family is contemplating whether they want to speak at Ferretti’s Feb. 9 sentencing, when prosecutors will seek a sentence of 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison.Swink said his prosecution team planned to use a range of witnesses including men Ferretti reportedly talked to about his shooting of Jarman. DNA evidence involving Jarman’s blood found in Ferretti’s truck also would have been introduced. In court while making the plea agreement, Ferretti told Judge Allen that he was on drugs at the time of the shooting and he really didn’t mean to kill Jarman. During a colloquy with Allen, however, the judge was able to establish that the shooting was an intentional act.

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