Man sentenced for recording and assisting in friend’s suicide
Dec 7, 2018, 6:18 PM | Updated: 6:40 pm
PROVO – Five years to life for the Spanish Fork man who admitted to recording a friend’s suicide and getting her the items she needed to do it.
Outside the courtroom, Jchandra Brown’s family talked about how this is not a story of a suicide… it’s the story of a murder at the hands of “a monster,” Tyerell Przybycien.
Her mother, Sue Bryan, says, “There is no justice. You can’t bring Jchandra back,” adding, “There’s never going to be justice because Jchandra can’t come home and hug me and tell me she loves me. I can’t hold her and tell her I love her.”
Bryan says she still has trouble accepting the fact her daughter is gone.
“I wake up every single day and I pray and pray that it’s different. I never thought we would be here because we have a close-knit, tight, loving family.”
During his plea deal in October, Pryzbycien admitted to buy a rope, tying a noose and talking to Brown as she passed out and died.
He apologized to Brown’s family during the sentencing, saying, “I’m hoping, although I don’t deserve it, the victim’s family will be able to forgive me for my immature and thoughtless and rash decisions.”
His defense team says he has matured since he has been incarcerated, but, Utah County Deputy Attorney Chad Grunander believes Przybycuien is a “sociopath.”
“I didn’t hear him ever acknowledge criminality,” Grunander says.
There were some damning letters written by Przybycien after his arrest that were used against him in the sentencing hearing. Grunander says one letter shows Przybycien wanted to get a tattoo of a noose to cover his arm, essentially as a trophy for Brown’s death. Another letter described how Przybycien wanted to start a YouTube channel after his release, believing his notoriety would bring in more viewers.
Technically, Przybycien could be released in about three and a half years, but, Grunanader expects him to stay in prison for about 11.
Anyone going through depression or bouts of suicidal thoughts should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.