Life sentence for man who killed Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox

After seven years and two trials family of Deputy Fox finds justice

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) -  After seven years and two trials, the family of Josie Greathouse Fox found justice.

 "They're pleased," said Millard County Sheriff Robert Decker. "They're satisfied. They're at rest. They finally feel peace.

Thursday, the man convicted of killing her, Roberto Roman was sentenced to  life in prison plus another 80-years for her murder.

"The right man has been put in jail and he was put in jail for as long as he can," said Sheriff Decker. "Life plus is a long time.'

In 2010,  the body of Fox was found along a road east of Delta.  Dash cam video from another deputy showed him trying to revive her and eventually calling for assistance.  She was already dead.

Roman was arrested and charged with murder in state court.  But a jury acquitted him after Roman blamed the shooting on Fox's brother, Ryan Greathouse.  Roman testified in state court that Ryan was with him during a drug deal when Fox stopped the vehicle.

Four months after Fox was killed, Ryan died from an accidental overdose at a Las Vegas hotel.  Police nor prosecutors could ever question Ryan about the shooting.

"That January fifth date was actually a double homicide in my mind because it cost them (the Greathouse's) two children," said Decker.

But Sheriff Decker wouldn't let it go.  After the state trial, he brought the case to the the U.S. Attorney.  Federal prosecutors soon charged Roman with her murder and other crimes related to the shooting.

This time, Team Josie, as they call themselves came prepared.  The government's deep pockets allowed them find medical and forensic experts that convinced the jury that Roman was the only one in the vehicle that night.

"It's particularly fitting that the life sentence for the murder of Josie Greathouse Fox was imposed today during police week," said Diana Hagen, assistant U.S. Attorney.  "(It's) a time in which we honor law enforcement officers and remember those fallen officers like Deputy Fox who have sacrificed their lives to protect and serve.

She said their staff was dedicated to let the jury know the truth.  And Hagen said Team Josie delivered for her family.

"We know Roman's crime impacted many, many lives," said Hagen. "Deputy Fox wasn't just a police officer, she is a wife and mother and her two children lost their mother that day."

And for Sheriff Decker the sentence will allow his community to heal.

"We're finished," he said. "He's where he's going to be for the rest of his life and that's a comfort to all of us around."
 


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