Basin man convicted of violent sex crime
March 7, 2014
A 3rd District Court jury on Thursday convicted a Snyderville Basin man in a violent 2013 sex crime against his wife.
Donald Reigelsperger, who is 59 years old and was last known to live in Silver Creek, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Todd Shaughnessy on May 5. He was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, among other counts. Reigelsperger is incarcerated at the Summit County Jail awaiting sentencing. He has been incarcerated since being booked into the jail after the Jan. 26, 2013 confrontation.
"I’m really pleased with the jury’s result. For the first time in a year and a half (the victim) will be able to sleep well tonight," Summit County Attorney David Brickey said.
The trial started on Tuesday. Each of the crimes is either a first-degree felony or a second-degree felony. A first-degree felony carries the possibility of a prison sentence of five years to life and a $10,000 fine while a second-degree felony carries the possibility of a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine.
Brickey said the trial was uncomfortable and painful for the victim, the victim’s family, the jury and the prosecutors.
"Our victim had to sit for a day and a half and describe in detail what she was forced to do," he said.
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Another charge — aggravated burglary — was dismissed prior to the trial.
The county attorney said Reigelsperger and the victim were married 28 years. Brickey said the victim is doing better since immediately after the incident and has the support of her mother, sister and daughters.
David Shapiro, one of Reigelsperger’s court-appointed attorneys, noted that the convictions were for less serious crimes than were brought in all but one of the charges. The crimes he was convicted of are serious, Shapiro said. He declined to comment further, saying that he had not spoken to Reigelsperger about making a public statement.
In a charging document, prosecutors described the confrontation in detail. It occurred on Morning Star Court in a house managed by the company owned by Reigelsperger and the victim. The prosecutors said he held her at the house at gunpoint with a BB gun that looked like a semiautomatic handgun. He eventually allowed her to leave and she called the police, the prosecutors said.