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Fri June 1, 2007
Rock Springs Man Pleads Not Guilty in Gun Transfer
Salt Lake City, UT – An Army private from Rock Springs has
pleaded NOT guilty to lying about the transfer of a gun used in a shooting rampage at a Salt Lake City mall. A federal magistrate set a trial date starting July 16th for Matthew Hautala. Hautala was released to finish his military training, then join his parents in Rock Springs. The 20-year-old soldier has been accused of denying he witnessed
an early transfer of a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson in Wyoming. The revolver was one of two firearms used by Sulejman Talovic -- a young Bosnian immigrant who
killed five people at Trolley Square mall in February. Other defendants have been charged with selling the revolver and
a shotgun with a pistol grip to Talovic, an 18-year-old who was too young to legally possess either firearm. Talovic died in a shootout with police.