Man could get life for aid­ing sui­cide

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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.

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