Man could get life for aiding suicide
PROVO, Utah — A Utah man who helped a teenager kill herself and filmed the act to fulfill what prosecutors called a fascination with death was sentenced Friday to at least five years and up to life in prison. Tyerell Joe Przybycien, 19, apologized to the girl’s Przybycien family, saying he “doesn’t deserve pity,” the Deseret News reported.
The girl’s mother, Sue Bryan, condemned Przybycien as a “sociopath” who researched the fatal hanging ahead of time by carefully measuring rope, nooses and trees.
“There are no words to describe the nightmare that I endure,” Bryan said.
Jchandra Brown, 16, was a cheerleader who loved playing with her young nephews and had been making prom plans before she hung herself in a canyon south of Salt Lake City in May 2017, Bryan said.
“She was an anxious, downcast teenager trying to find her place in the world,” said prosecutor Chad Grunander.
Brown’s body was found by a turkey hunter alongside a cellphone with the video Przybycien made of her passing out and dying.
The recording showed him occasionally calling out to her as she inhaled compressed air and stepped off a platform, but not stopping her or trying to help.
His lawyers argued against a murder charge in the case, saying suicide notes in Brown’s handwriting showed she made her own decision. Judge James Brady disagreed and let the charge stand.
In Utah, judges hand down indefinite sentences and a parole board decides when inmates are released.