SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah inmate has pleaded guilty to killing a prison guard in 2007 to avoid the death penalty.

Curtis Allgier had been charged in 3rd District Court with capital murder for the June 25, 2007 killing of 60-year-old Stephen Anderson. Authorities said Allgier grabbed the guard's gun and shot him during a medical visit outside of prison.

The 32-year-old Allgier and prosecutors agreed he will serve life without the possibility of parole. The death penalty was withdrawn on Wednesday.

Allgier also pleaded guilty to first-degree felony counts of disarming a peace officer, aggravated escape, aggravated robbery, and second-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

He pleaded no contest to three counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,