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On 5/28/2021 at 12:11 AM, Robert F. Smith said:

He is highly respected by his fellow inmates...

How honorary ;)

On 5/28/2021 at 12:11 AM, Robert F. Smith said:

He also managed to pass a polygraph test (lie detector) by an expert at the Univ of Utah -- the expert was certain he was innocent.

True:

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Following his convictions for murder, Honts visited Hofmann in prison and asked him how he had beaten the polygraph machine.

Hofmann, who was a stickler for detail, replied that anticipating just such a contingency, he had set up a blood pressure monitor in his home and had practiced with it until he could control his blood pressure at will. Hofmann also said that he practiced self-hypnosis, and had been able to hypnotize himself into believing he was innocent while taking the test.

The dude was a master deceiver, even fooling himself. 

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On 5/27/2021 at 5:38 PM, Robert F. Smith said:

He was sentenced to life, but with the possibility of parole.  I don't know how the Parole Board feels.  

From this article:

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The Netflix series reveals that the parole board decided Mark will serve his entire life in prison after his confession. Mark George, the Salt Lake City chief investigator, claimed that Mark had approached other inmates about doing a “hit” on some of the Board of Pardon members. Mark denied involvement, but he was put on restriction after “sending threatening messages” to the Board of Pardons. “It was his intent to execute the Board of Pardon members and George Throckmorton, forensic document examiner,” Mark says in the docuseries.

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In 1988, before the Utah Board of Pardons, Hofmann said that he thought planting the bomb that killed Kathy Sheets was “almost a game … at the time I made the bomb, my thoughts were that it didn’t matter if it was Mrs. Sheets, a child, a dog … whoever” was killed. Within the hour the parole board, struck by Hofmann’s “callous disregard for human life,” decided that he would indeed serve his “natural life in prison.”

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On Jan. 23, 1987, Hofmann plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and theft by deception, sparing himself a possible death sentence. He was sentenced to life in prison. He did not receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole, but the Utah Board of Pardons told him he'll never get out of prison.

This 2011 article from the Salt Lake Tribune quotes liberally from a letter Hofmann wrote to the Parole Board in January 1988.  It's quite illuminating.

Thanks,

-Smac

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