Mother who admitted murdering her toddler won’t have first parole hearing until 2055

Posted at 2:22 PM, May 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-12 18:14:34-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman convicted of killing her 4-year-old son in a horrific case of child abuse will have the first chance to ask for parole in 2055.

The Utah Board of Pardons & Parole confirmed to FOX 13 on Tuesday that it has set an original hearing date for Stephanie Sloop 40 years from now. That is the first time she can ask to be released from prison. She will be 71 years old then.

Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune

Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune

Sloop pleaded guilty to murder in the death of her son, Ethan Stacy, and was sentenced to 20-to-life in prison. Davis County prosecutors alleged she and her husband, Nathan Sloop, abused the boy so severely — with scalding and beatings — and he ultimately died from an overdose of medications to treat his injuries. Ethan’s body was disfigured and buried in a shallow grave near Powder Mountain in 2010.


Ethan Stacy (family photo).

Nathan Sloop was also convicted of aggravated murder and is serving a life sentence. His first parole hearing is also set for 2055. 

Nathan Sloop (Photo courtesy Utah Dept. of Corrections)

Nathan Sloop (Photo courtesy Utah Dept. of Corrections)