A Utah teen accused of assisting in a teen girl’s suicide and filming it has taken a plea deal and admitted to some of the allegations against him.
Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, pleaded guilty Tuesday to child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony, regarding the 2017 death of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown. He also pleaded guilty to possessing child porn on his phone, which is not the same device he’s accused of using to film Brown’s death, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
Initially, Przybycien was charged with murder. Brown allegedly asked him for help killing herself and he responded by texting a friend, “What you do if you knew a friend was trying to commit suicide?” The Washington Post reported in 2017.
The friend replied, “Talk them out of ut [sic].”
“The thing is,” Przybycien replied. “I wanna help kill them. It be awesome. Seriously im going to help her. Its like getting away with murder! . . . I’m seriously not joking. It’s going down in about a week or two.”
He now faces up anywhere from five years to life in prison. He will be sentenced on Dec. 7. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a charge of failure to report a dead body and witness tampering charges, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. The latter charge was originally filed because Przybycien allegedly pleaded with friends to not speak with police or prosecutors about his case.
Prosecutors have argued that the girl may not have died without Przybycien’s help, according to the Tribune. His plea deal means he has admitted to buying a rope and tying a noose for Brown. She was found dead, hanging from a tree in Maple Lake Canyon and a cellphone was found under her feet which contained a 10-minute recording of her death, which Przybycien has admitted to recording.
[Photo: Utah County Sheriff’s Office]
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