In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.
The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
days of home confinement.
“He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
devil rather than by God,” the petition states.
She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
In his petition seeking a protective order against her, Mortensen said his
wife lied about the assaults and warned him that her son had friends in a gang
who would kill him. The couple soon divorced.
Mortensen was later convicted of violating the protective order by making
harassing phone calls. A judge ordered him to take an anger management
In a separate case in Spanish Fork, Mortensen entered a
plea in abeyance in 2003 for providing alcohol to a minor after an altercation
with his stepson.
Greg Skordas, an attorney representing Roger and Pamela Mortensen, said his
client “just can’t say anything at this