Utah Man Has Completely Lost His Taste For Risk

Stephen Roger Jenson has seemingly been scarred for life.
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Can't chance it.

There’s nothing quite like the collapse of a $3.5 billion golf and ski resort development to separate the true adrenaline junkies from those who, when things start getting a little hot, retreat to a dark closet in hopes that people forget they ever existed. Marc Sessions Jenson looks like the former; his brother, Stephen Roger Jenson, the latter. Facing more than a century in prison on fraud charges filed by Utah Attorneys General who the Jensons say didn’t like them very much, Marc was acquitted in January. Stephen, however, couldn’t take the pressure of a trial, pleading no contest. This move, however, forced the shell of the former Stephen Jenson into another difficult choice: He could pay $275K and have all mention of the matter wiped from his permanent record, or he could try to avoid getting involved in an actually fraudulent development scheme for three years. Guess which way he’s going?

"If you pay the restitution in full, there will be no probation at that point and the case would close," 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills said at Jenson's sentencing hearing Monday. "If it's not paid by 5:01 on Wednesday, you would have 36 months' probation…."

Jenson's defense attorney, Edward Stone, assured the court Monday that the $275,000 payment, plus about $1,000 more in interest, would be paid.

Fraud cause will be closed if Utah man pays $275,000 by Wednesday [Salt Lake Tribune]