Craig Roger Gregerson pleads guilty and is sentenced to LWOP for the murder of Destiny Norton

destiny-2000-2006.jpgToday was the day and I did not even realize it. When I came home from work, I checked the news and there it was. I knew that Craig Roger Gregerson was going to court today. I knew he had already waived his preliminary hearing. Today’s was supposed to be his arraignment. Normally this would mean the accused would plead not-guilty, and some dates would be set (motions to be filed, trial dates, etc.). But no, Craig Roger Gregerson PLED GUILTY. I am stunned to say the least. This is a good thing, especially for Destiny’s family and even Craig’s family. Then it was announced that he had made a plea deal. For pleading guilty, the State would not seek the death penalty. Now, I know this is a normal arrangement and is probably a good thing, but it made me angry. Really angry. I am very pro-death penalty, when the death penalty is used correctly and properly.  I believe that Craig Roger Gregerson deserves the death penalty. He kidnapped, killed and raped a beautiful 5 year old little girl. One who had never hurt anyone in her short life. She was a daughter. A granddaughter. A sister. A niece. A friend. A future student. A future veterinarian. A future bride. A future mother, A future Aunt. A future grandmother. But now she is a memory. Her parents cannot hold her in their arms. She cannot run and play with her sisters or friends. She cannot smile that beautiful smile with those shining eyes. Craig took this joy away from this world.

destiny-norton.jpgI did not know Destiny and her family. But I wish I did. Her pictures show a beautiful little girl who obviously loved life and those around her. She had that contagious smile that grabs at your heart. I cannot imagine the pain her parents and family must be going through. But I think of them every day. I wish them much love and happiness.

note from GregersonNow, Craig Roger Gregerson will spend the rest of his life in prison. In a small cell by himself. Apparently they are putting him in “protective custody”, for fear of other inmates and what they can and probably would do to him. Yes, part of me says, go on–send him to the wolves. He will get what he deserves. However, sitting in a small, isolated cell, day after day, by himself, only to think about what he has done and how he has hurt so many people, including himself and his family. Maybe that will be a good punishment for him. I hope the every day for the rest of his life, he thinks about this. And also remembers the life he took, that beautiful little girl who did not know hate, but radiated love, unconditional love, that she appeared to have for life and those around her.

News Archive: Destiny Norton murder
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Letter From Craig Gregerson To Norton Family
Gregerson Pleads Guilty to Killing Destiny Norton
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Plea Documents
Gregerson pleads guilty
Murderpedia: Craig Roger Gregerson
Wikipedia: Murder of Destiny Norton



Offender Number: 176684
DOB: Wed, 12 Mar 1986
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 135
Sex: M
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Utah State Prison

Update: Destiny Norton murder *Did Craig Gregerson plan Destiny’s kidnapping?*

Destiny Anne Norton
Destiny Anne Norton

News Archive: Destiny Norton murder
Warrant: Gregerson Planned Destiny’s Kidnapping
Search Warrant
Documents Say Destiny’s Kidnapping was Planned
Search warrant suggests Gregerson planned to abduct Destiny Norton
Papers say Gregerson plotted kidnapping
Destiny’s abduction planned?
Destiny’s death: Sexual fantasy cited in kidnapping
Destiny Norton’s Accused Killer Speaks to KSL
Gregerson Says He’s Not Guilty
Confession is ‘explained’
Destiny’s murder suspect speaks
Preliminary hearing set for Gregerson; defense team didn’t approve jailhouse interview
“Cruising” for Destiny Norton
Jailhouse writings are seized from Destiny murder suspect
Gregerson case fuels concerns over porn
Gregerson blood draw ordered
Jail Officers Seize Writings of Gregerson
Gregerson Ordered to Give Blood Sample
Trial scheduled for Catherine Gregerson
Gregerson’s wife tells of her despair

Craig Roger Gregerson
Craig Gregerson

Update: Destiny Norton murder *Destiny is laid to rest*

News Archive: Destiny Norton murder
Gregerson’s Mother-In-Law: ‘No One Ever Liked Him’
Funeral Details for Destiny Norton
A final farewell today for Destiny
Destiny Norton Laid to Rest
Gregerson’s Family Visits Him in Jail
Body Of Destiny Norton Laid To Rest
Gregerson’s Parents Make First Jail Visit
Destiny remembered: Hundreds gather at funeral for girl who touched many
Destiny remembered: Hundreds gather at funeral for girl who touched many
Destiny Ann Norton: Saying goodbye
Suspect’s family asks for no delay
Gregerson Makes First Court Appearance
Report Shows Gregerson Fits National Statistics
Reaction to Trisha Autry murder made capital punishment possible in Destiny Norton case

Destiny Norton funeral

Update: Destiny Norton murder *Craig Gregerson charged with Aggravated Murder & Kidnapping*

Destiny Norton
Destiny Norton

News Archive: Destiny Norton murder
Gregerson Charged with Aggravated Murder, Kidnapping
Court Documents
Formal Charges Filed Against Norton Neighbor
Press Release
Gregerson faces death penalty
Gregerson’s brother and sister speak to ABC 4
Neighbor charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping in Norton case
Gregerson suffocated Destiny then abused her body, prosecutors say
Gregerson to Make Court Appearance Today
New Picture of Gregerson Emerges from Dating Websites
Gregerson To Make First Court Appearance
Gregerson faces death penalty
Capital punishment an option, prosecutors say
Suspect said parents were dead

Craig Roger Gregerson
Craig Gregerson

Update: Destiny Norton murder *Cause of death – suffocation, found in a plastic tote in the basement*

News Archive: Destiny Norton murder
Police statement claims Gregerson lured and suffocated Destiny Norton
Destiny Norton’s family thanks volunteers, community
Sorrow for Destiny: Man accused in her slaying had participated in search
Bill of Rights puts limits on searches
Unfolding of tragic events
Suspect had a violent past
Charges today: Prosecutors won’t say whether case will be pursued as a capital crime
Suspect’s family offers condolences
Norton family, friends praise police work
Utahns pay tribute to Destiny Norton
Family, Friends Apologize to Police in Destiny Case
Poll: Community Feels Police Did a Good Job
Norton Family: ‘Police Did An Excellent Job’
Suspect in Norton case possibly leading double life

Craig Roger Gregerson
Craig Gregerson

Update: Destiny Norton – Now murdered child; Neighbor, Craig Gregerson arrested

Destiny Norton

News Archive: Destiny Norton murder
Destiny Norton Found Dead
Public Gives Condolences To Destiny’s Family
Police Find Missing Girl’s Body, Make Arrest
BREAKING NEWS: Destiny Norton found dead in Salt Lake City
Destiny’s body found in Salt Lake City
Police Find Missing Girl’s Body, Make Arrest
Public Gives Condolences To Destiny’s Family
Family and Friends Heartbroken, Outraged Over Destiny’s Death
KSL Comments & Condolences
Residents demand answers from police in case of Destiny Norton
Man booked in Destiny’s death was accused of beating his wife
Destiny Norton Found Dead, Suspect Arrested
Mayor Anderson Praises Police Work in Destiny Case
Mayor Defends Police, Friends Mourn Loss of Child
Police find missing Utah girl’s body, arrest neighbor
Probable Cause Statement
Document Says Gregerson Lured Child Into His Home
Probable Cause Statement Regarding Craig Gregerson”

Craig Roger Gregerson
Craig Roger Gregerson

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