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Man Appeals His Conviction Of Murder Of Park City Resident

The man sent to prison for shooting to death a popular Park City bartender three years ago has officially appealed his conviction and sentence to state court.

The case of 30-year-old James Enoch Henfling is now resting with the Utah State Court of Appeals.

Henfling was arrested for shooting Jose Fernandez in February of 2016, after a fight broke out between the two men during a late-night party at the victim’s Oldtown apartment.

In the fall of 2017, he was convicted on one count of Murder and a count of Felony discharge of a Firearm. Early in 2018, Third District Court Judge Patrick Corum sentenced him to a prison term of 16 years to Life.

This January, Henfling’s request for a new trial was turned down by the judge, who over-ruled the defendant’s claim of self-defense and allegations from his attorney of prosecutorial misconduct.

Last month, Henfling appealed to the Utah Supreme Court, which shortly afterward referred the case to the Court of Appeals.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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