After almost four years, the family of victim Andy Purcell received a final piece of justice for the death of their son and brother who was shot on the porch of their Provo home on May 16, 2011.
Danny LeRoy Logue and Darrell Wayne Morris approached Andy Purcell's home, located at 541 South 300 East in Provo, at approximately 2:15 on the morning of May 16, 2011, after they were hired by drug dealer, Yuri Sanchez Lara, to "beat down" Andy Purcell. Yuri Lara believed Andy Purcell was the "snitch" which led to the raid of Yuri Lara's "shop" where Provo police officers confiscated large quantities of methamphetamine and various other drugs. To fulfill the contracted "beat down," Darrell Morris brought a bat and Danny Logue, a .32 caliber pistol. As the two approached the Purcell home, Andy Purcell was waiting for them on his front porch, his cell phone in hand. Before any attempt could be made by Andy Purcell to call 911, Danny Logue pulled out the gun and shot Andy Purcell. Danny Logue and Darrell Morris ran, leaving Andy Purcell, still alive, on the porch until he was discovered by his mother around 7:00 a.m. that same morning. Andy Purcell was rushed to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he died on May 17, 2011. The thorough investigation by the Provo Police Department revealed that Andy Purcell was not, after all, the "snitch" as Yuri Lara had presumed.
Yuri Sanchez Lara, age 35, was arrested on May 24, 2011 and on October 2, 2012, pled guilty to Manslaughter, a 2nd degree felony, plus four 1st degree felonies for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. Mr. Lara was sentenced to a term of 1-15 years at the Utah State Prison for Manslaughter with four consecutive 5-life sentences for the drug charges.
Darrell Wayne Morris, age 42, was also arrested on May 24, 2011 and on July 15, 2014, pled guilty to Manslaughter (2nd degree felony), Obstruction of Justice (2nd degree felony), and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Restricted Person (3rd Degree Felony). Mr. Morris was sentenced to two terms of 1- 15 years and one term of 0-5 years to run concurrently at the Utah State Prison.
The final defendant in the murder of Andy Purcell, Danny LeRoy Logue (a.k.a Danny Sturgis), age 49, faced the jury in a trial that began on January 21st, and ended February 12, 2015 at the 4th District Court in Provo. Mr. Logue faced three felony charges: Aggravated Murder (1st degree felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Restricted Person (2nd degree felony), and Obstructing Justice (2nd degree felony). Danny LeRoy Logue was found guilty on all counts by the eight person jury and faces 25 years to life in the Utah State Prison. On May 14, 2015, Danny LeRoy Logue was sentenced to life without parole in the Utah State Prison.