- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man convicted of a killing his girlfriend and wounding her roommate nearly two decades ago said during a parole hearing the victims’ families should “get over it,” according to an audio recording of the hearing released this week.

The recording of Michael Patterson’s comments in 2009 was released Wednesday by the Utah Board of Pardons to the Deseret News newspaper. The newspaper requested the audio for a Tuesday parole hearing for Patterson, but a clerical error resulted in the older audio being sent.

In the hearing in 2009, Patterson was nearly thrown out due to his outbursts. During one exchange with parole board vice chairman Robert Yeates, Patterson tried to persuade him he had overcome his violent past, the Deseret News reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1WHtOyL).

“You make me nervous because of the very violent nature of your conduct,” Yeates said.

“It’s over though. It is over,” Patterson said.

“It’s not over for the victims or the victims’ family members. That’s the problem,” Yeates said.

“Well, they’ll have to get over it, really, if they can,” Patterson said.

Patterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 18-year-old girlfriend Stephanie Woolfork and was sent to prison in 1998. She went missing in American Fork in the summer of 1997. Her decomposing body was later found near a ghost town south of there.

He was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting the woman’s roommate, Alexis Caldwell, in the stomach while she was holding her 2-year-old son’s hand on a porch.

Several of Woolfrork’s family members were at the hearing.

“He says we should ‘get over it,’ ‘forget it.’ I’m never going to forget it,” Latoya Woolfork told Yeates. “I plead that you guys keep him in prison.”

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This story has been corrected to show the parole hearing occurred in 2009, not this week.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com


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