SALT LAKE CITY — An Arizona man has been ordered to serve at the least five years and as much as life in jail for beating to dying a counselor at a Utah rehabilitative youth ranch when he was 17 and battling drug habit.
In Utah’s 6th District Courtroom in Panguitch on Thursday, the now 19-yr-previous Clay Brewer apologized to those he has harm and those he left and not using a father and husband.
“He just apologized to the victims, and stated, ‘If I might offer you anything, I might, and all I can do is try to be an excellent individual whereas I am in prison,'” prosecutor Barry Huntington stated after the hearing. “This was the perfect end result.”
In December 2016, 5 days after he arrived at Flip-About Ranch in Garfield County, Brewer killed James “Jimmy” Woolsey, sixty one, with a metallic hearth poker as he tried to flee the power. He injured one other employees member, Alicia Keller, when he struck her in the head before stealing her automotive and main deputies on a quick chase, later telling investigators he had meant to act like he had a gun so officers would shoot him and he might die.
Brewer informed police after his arrest that he was coming off an habit to tablets whereas at the camp, and that he had tried to kill himself there by consuming bleach. He stated his path to drug abuse started when his mother and father divorced.
Brewer admitted in July to decreased fees of murder, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a second-diploma felony, as part of a plea discount with Huntington.
His defense lawyer, Ron Yengich, stated Brewer’s case is a single example of a much larger drawback.
“The truth is that he’s like so many other youngsters out there, and adults. They become involved with opioids and do not realize the influence it has on their lives, and it takes over their lives, and modifications them into individuals they might never have been,” Yengich stated. “He’s an object lesson for the extremes that may come from drug abuse.”
Yengich referred to as his shopper “a great child.” Several of Brewer’s friends and family members echoed that sentiment in letters to submitted to the decide prior to sentencing.
Sixth District Decide Wallace Lee ordered Brewer to serve no less than five years and up to life on the homicide conviction, and no less than one and up to 15 years for the assault. Lee allowed the sentences to run concurrently.