A jury in Summit County, Utah, has found Michael Lee Curwick guilty of four out of five charges, including kidnapping, assault, and drug-related offenses. The verdict comes after a 90-minute deliberation. Curwick was arrested in July 2021 when police discovered a 27-year-old woman beaten and bound with duct tape in his Murray home during a drug search.
According to court documents, the woman reported that Curwick accused her of theft and threatened to kill her with a “hot shot,” a syringe filled with drugs that would cause an overdose. She also stated that Curwick threatened to bury her body in the Salt Flats along with three other girls. When the woman screamed, Curwick wrapped duct tape around her head and mouth.
Curwick was charged with first-degree felony kidnapping, second-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon, third-degree felony aggravated assault, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The aggravated assault charge was dismissed without prejudice. The jury found Curwick guilty of the remaining charges on Friday, October 20.
A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. Under the Utah State Code, Curwick faces a potential life sentence in prison, with a minimum of five years.