CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

‘Serial killer in the making’ sent to prison for viciously attacking 2 women in Bountiful

Jun 8, 2024, 7:00 AM

Surveillance photo of Kane Thomas Fairbank, who was sentenced to prison Friday. (Davis County Sheri...

Surveillance photo of Kane Thomas Fairbank, who was sentenced to prison Friday. (Davis County Sheriff's Office)

(Davis County Sheriff's Office)

Editor’s note: The following story depicts graphic acts by a man a prosecutor called “the scariest defendant I have ever encountered.” Discretion is advised.

FARMINGTON — Over 30 spectators filled the gallery of a Farmington courtroom Friday, softly whispering in anticipation of the sentencing of Kane Thomas Fairbank, who pleaded guilty in January to the attempted murder of two women in Bountiful’s Mueller Park.

“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” said deputy Davis County attorney Richard Larsen later in the hearing. “This is, without question, the scariest defendant I have ever encountered, based on his willingness and desire to kill.”

“This is a serial killer who fortunately got caught before he got good at killing,” Larsen said.

Fairbank entered unceremoniously, never looking at the pews lined with the families and friends of the victims.

Fairbank, of Highland, is a tall, lanky young man, just under 21 years old. He shuffled into the courtroom from a side door, flanked by law enforcement, shackled at the feet and hands. His hair was in a messy bun, and as he sat before the bench in his Davis County Jail clothes of white and grey stripes, labeled “XL,” hung like a pillowcase on his thin frame.

There was no jury trial. The sentencing was “a foregone conclusion” in the words of the prosecution, because a recommendation had been worked out by teams of lawyers as part of a plea agreement.

Fairbank pleaded guilty but mentally ill to attempted aggravated murder and a reduced count of attempted murder, first-degree felonies. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

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‘Serial killer in the making’ sent to prison for viciously attacking 2 women in Bountiful