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Justice Court gets new prosecutor

A prosecutor has been hired to work in the Summit County Justice Court to replace Mariah Hornok, who recently left for personal reasons.

Ivy Telles, 26, started on May 1. Hornok left in April for Arkansas after nearly two years in the post. Telles arrived after serving as a prosecutor in Taylorsville City.

Telles will be primarily tasked with handling prosecution in the Justice Court for traffic infractions, as well as Class B and Class C misdemeanors.

Telles said she considers herself "very reasonable," when it comes to sentencing.

"I don’t feel like convictions are what matters," she said. "I think it is about finding the underlying cause about why a person committed the offense. Very few people want to commit a crime to commit a crime. There is usually something more to it and I really care about making sure I never see them in court again."

However, Telles was quick to add that her ideas for reducing repeat offenders should not be construed to imply that she is lenient.

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"I think most defense attorneys that know me very well wouldn’t say that I am lenient," she said. "I am very firm. If it was a one-time thing and I have information that it is not an ongoing problem, I stick to what I think is the best solution to the problem, not just getting the conviction."

Prior to coming to Summit County, Telles worked in a Taylorsville law firm that contracted with the municipal government there.

"My predecessor had actually trained me in Taylorsville, where she was before," Telles said. "She’s the one who gave me the heads up about applying and I had heard such great things from her."

Telles, a native of Mexico, grew up Southern California and graduated from Brigham Young University. She is married to a Salt Lake City police officer.

Since joining the staff in Summit County, Telles said she has been "so spoiled."

"I am very fortunate to work with such an amazing and not just professional but seasoned staff. Even though I work with fewer attorneys, I feel like I have an equal if not better group to bounce ideas off of and it gives me more time to focus on each individual case," she said. "I am so happy and it has only been a month. I know Mariah struggled a lot with the decision to leave and I can see why."