West Valley City, UT – A man from West Valley City has been sentenced to life in prison for the alleged murder of a local woman. The man, identified as 27-year-old Jose Luis Garcia, was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the death of 26-year-old Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson.
Otteson’s body was found in a mine shaft in Utah County in 2018, along with the body of her boyfriend, 17-year-old Riley Powell. Garcia was arrested and charged with their murders in March of that year.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Garcia had lured Otteson and Powell to a remote location, where he bound and gagged them before throwing them into the mine shaft. The motive for the killings remains unclear.
In addition to the life sentence, Garcia was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to Otteson’s family. The judge in the case called the murders “heinous and senseless.”
Otteson’s family expressed relief at the verdict, saying that they can now begin to move on from the tragedy. “We’re just glad that justice has been served,” said Otteson’s mother, Amanda Hunt. “We can finally start to heal and remember Breezy for the amazing person she was.”
Garcia’s defense team has indicated that they plan to appeal the verdict. – Wasatch Defense Lawyers does not represent any parties mentioned above. If you would like to contribute to this story, or are in need of a legal consultation, contact us through our website or by calling (801) 980-9965 – Source: ABC4 News – https://www.abc4.com/news/crime/west-valley-man-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-for-alleged-murder-of-local-woman/
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