ALL NEWS

Jerrod Baum sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

Jun 9, 2022, 6:39 PM | Updated: Jun 10, 2022, 2:19 pm
FILE: Jerrod Baum's defense attorney told a judge his client deserved a retrial based on comments made to the defense by a juror, after Baum was found guilty, something prohibited by Utah law. (KSL TV) (File photo: KSL TV)
(KSL TV)

PROVO, Utah — Jerrod Baum was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday by Judge Derek Pullan at the Provo 4th District Courthouse.

Pullan sentenced Baum to two counts of life in prison for both the aggravated kidnapping and aggravated murder counts. The four counts will run consecutively. 

For the other counts against him, Baum was given concurrent sentences by Pullan that follow statutory guidelines.

Baum was found guilty on April 15, 2022, on two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of desecration of a body, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of possession of a weapon by a restricted person.

Prosecutors charged Baum with first-degree murder for the deaths of Riley Powell and Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson in 2017.  They said Baum beat and kidnapped the couple after they visited his then-girlfriend, Morgan Lewis Henderson.

Investigators believe Baum forced Henderson and Otteson to watch as he severely beat and stabbed Powell. Baum then pushed his body down the Tintic Standard Mine.

Throughout the case, prosecutors relied on the testimony of Baum’s ex-girlfriend, Morgan Lewis Henderson who claimed Baum was abusive and controlling. 

By the end of the trial, a jury believed Henderson’s testimony. And agreed that the state proved several aggravating factors beyond a reasonable doubt.  Judge Derek Pullan read the jury’s findings.

“The homicide was committed for the purpose of preventing a witness from testifying,” Pullan read.  “The homicide was committed for the purpose of preventing a person from providing evidence or participating in any legal proceedings or official investigation.”

Otteson and Henderson disappeared in the days after Christmas in 2017. Their bodies were found the following March in an abandoned mine shaft in Utah’s west desert.

Related reading:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

One person is dead following a three vehicle crash in Sanpete County around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Ja...
Waverly Golden

Three vehicle crash in Sanpete County leaves one dead

One person is dead following a three vehicle crash in Sanpete County around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28.
1 day ago
Tyre Nichols Protests...
Nouran Salahieh, Jamiel Lynch, Chuck Johnston, Shawn Nottingham, Andy Rose and Phil Gast, CNN

More protests today after release of video depicting the deadly police beating of Tyre Nichols

Protesters across the US heldmarches & rallies on Saturday, one day after the release of video showing the police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis.
1 day ago
Gov. Spencer Cox covered a broad range of issues Thursday night at the State of the State Address. ...
Chandler Holt

Governor Spencer Cox signs transgender bill, releases statement

Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement on the transgender bill, that would ban transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for minors, on Saturday.
1 day ago
Temperatures dropping weather worsens...
Allison Chinchar, CNN Meteorologist

‘Dangerous’ arctic air returns this weekend after a month-long hiatus

What has been a mild start to 2023 will come to a halt this weekend as winter makes a roaring comeback across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
1 day ago
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, talks about SB117, which he is sponsoring, during a Senate Judicia...
Devin Oldroyd

Two Republicans voted against bill banning transgender-related surgery, here’s why

The Utah Senate has approved a bill banning transgender-related surgery and puberty blockers for minors. A total of two Republicans voted against it.
2 days ago
Rabbi Avremi Zippel talks to the crowd during halftime of a Jazz-Portland Trail Blazers game at Viv...
Mark Jones

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Area rabbi shares his thoughts

Rabbi Avremi Zippel joined Inside Sources Friday to discuss International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Jerrod Baum sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole