ALL NEWS

Adam Durborow pleads guilty in murder of Sherry Black

Oct 4, 2021, 3:11 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 12:06 pm

Sherry Black was found murdered in 2010...

Photo of Sherry Black, provided by her family.

SALT LAKE CITY — Adam Durborow has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the case of Sherry Black. 

Black was killed in November 2010 in her bookstore, B&W Billiards and Books, at 3466 S. 700 E. in South Salt Lake.  Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill says Black was visibly beaten and stabbed.

“The death was the result of multiple sharp-force and blunt-force injuries,” Gill said.

For several years, investigators had extremely little evidence to build their case on.  Officers found an Armani Exchange belt at the crime scene, along with a lot of blood evidence.  Investigators didn’t even had a description of their suspect until a lab made a composite sketch of Adam Durborow based on his DNA profile.

(On the left, a composite of a possible suspect made by DNA phenotyping. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News, 2017. On the right, Adam Durborow’s booking photo from his arrest in October, 2020. Credit: Salt Lake County Jail.)

Gill said, “We were able to, subsequently, develop a DNA profile that then belonged to an unknown male.  Then, [there was] good police work that eventually led to the identification of the suspect.”

Durborow was arrested in Utah County in 2020.  Court records show he was arrested for theft just weeks before Black’s murder.  Durborow’s sentencing is scheduled for December 2nd.  Since he pled guilty to aggravated murder, Durborow only has two sentencing options.

Gill said, “The two options for sentencing are life without the possibility of parole and 25 [years] to life.”

Black is the mother-in-law of former Larry H. Miller Group CEO Greg Miller.  Gill says Black’s family was present when Durborow pled guilty.

“We want to commend all of the hard work done by our law enforcement partners, South Salt Lake Police Department, Unified Police Department, and the team of prosecutors who worked this case,” said Gill. “With today’s plea of guilty we are one step closer to bringing a measure of justice for Sherry Black and her family.”

 

 

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

Marijuana grows at Tryke Companies Utah's medical cannabis cultivation facility in Tooele...

Michael Camit

Ironing out Utah’s Medical Cannabis Program

Medical marijuana is one of Utah's most regulated substances, but lawmakers are still trying to iron out the wrinkles in the program.

7 hours ago

utah capitol pictured, a new law centers adoption legal expenses open records utah...

Curt Gresseth

Bill creating Utah AI lab advances, would test tech, prevent missteps

SB 149 would create an AI lab and test technology while protecting the public in Utah.

8 hours ago

...

Associated Press

Denver police looking for former funeral home owner after body kept in hearse for 2 years

Police said 33-year-old Miles Harford was cooperating with investigators last week. But on Thursday, police said he hadn't turned himself in.

9 hours ago

Ruby Franke stands with her attorney, Lamar Winward, at her sentencing on Tuesday. Her brother and ...

Emily Ashcraft

Ruby Franke’s parents, brother say Franke was brainwashed

In letters Franke's family said she had isolated herself from them, and they compared her co-defendant Jodi Hildebrandt to a cult leader.

10 hours ago

Odysseus passes over the near side of the moon following lunar orbit insertion on February 21. (Int...

Jackie Wattles, CNN

Historic Odysseus moon mission reaches the lunar surface

The landing is a historic one, marking the first commercial spacecraft to soft-land on the moon.

10 hours ago

A white Jeep crashed into a building in Ogden after the driver experienced a medial issue and lost ...

Curt Gresseth

Car crashes driving up cost of auto insurance

Replacement costs, inflation labor shortages, and more car crashes are all pushing up the cost of auto insurance.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Adam Durborow pleads guilty in murder of Sherry Black