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Warden Matthew B. Burgher | Utah Department of Corrections, Utah Utah Department of Corrections, Utah

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Matthew B. Burgher

Utah Department of Corrections, Utah

End of Watch: Thursday, March 16, 1876

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 3/14/1876

Weapon: Blunt object; Rock

Offender: Escaped

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Warden Matthew Burgher succumbed to injuries he received two days earlier when he was assaulted by a group of prisoners who were attempting to escape the Utah Territorial Prison.

The inmates hit Warden Burgher repeatedly with a rock wrapped in a woolen sock.

The inmates were captured, but were able to escape three months later and were never recaptured. During their second escape attempt, the men killed a prisoner who was serving a life sentence for murdering Provo Police Officer Albert H. Bowen in October of 1873.

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End of Watch: Thursday, October 16, 1873
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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
March 16, 2010

 

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