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Utah woman convicted of being getaway driver in deadly police chase asks for new trial


SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman convicted in a 50-mile crime spree that left one sheriff's deputy dead and another wounded is asking for her conviction to be thrown out, arguing the judge in the case was biased.

Lawyers for 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald say Provo Judge Darold McDade made biased comments at sentencing. Her attorney Douglas Thompson declined Monday to identify specific statements.

Grunwald is serving up to life in prison after she was convicted on 11 charges, including aggravated murder.

Prosecutors say the teenager was a willing accomplice in the January 2014 police chase and was ready to do anything to stay with her 27-year-old boyfriend.

Grunwald says the boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui, forced her to drive at gunpoint. He was killed during a shootout with police after fatally shooting Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride.

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