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Transient gets life in prison for rape and murder

A man pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for a pair of grotesque rapes at different Salt Lake City parks last December


By Aaron Falk
The Salt Lake Tribune

West Jordann, Utah — In an emotional hearing Friday, a transient man pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for a pair of grotesque rapes at different Salt Lake City parks last December, including one that left a woman dead, her body disemboweled and mutilated on a cold bathroom floor.

Paul David Vara, 31, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for the slaying of Kristine Marie Gabel.

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