Jayden Sterzer Teen Killer Murders 12 Year Old Girl In Utah

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Jayden Sterzer was fifteen years old when he raped and murdered a twelve year old girl in Utah. According to court documents Jayden Sterzer knocked on the twelve year old girls door and asked her to help him to find a lost cat. Jayden Sterzer would lead the girl to an abandoned field where he would sexually assaulted and then strangled her. Jayden Sterzer was initially sentenced to spend time in a juvenile facility until he turned twenty one years old if his behavior was considered to be positive. However this teen killer would assault a correctional officer and his case would be returned to court where he would be sentenced as an adult to fifteen years to life

Jayden Sterzer 2020 Information

  • Offender Number: 245158
  • DOB: Mon, 22 Nov 1999
  • Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches
  • Weight: 240
  • Sex: M
  • Housing Facility: OLYMPUS
  • Parole Date: N/A
  • Aliases:

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It was always known that Jayden Sterzer would one day go to the adult prison for raping and murdering his 12-year-old neighbor.

But that day came much sooner than initially expected.

A 3rd District judge on Monday sentenced Sterzer to spend a 15-year-to-life sentence at the Utah State Prison, a decision that came after authorities say Sterzer assaulted a staff member while he was in a juvenile detention center.

Sterzer, now 19, admitted last December that he killed Kailey Vijil in 2015, after he knocked on her door and asked her help to find a lost cat. The then-15-year-old boy brought Kailey to an overgrown pasture about a half-mile from her family’s West Valley City home, where he sexually assaulted then strangled her.

His admissions were part of a “blended plea,” where he admitted to charges in both juvenile and adult court.

Sterzer’s plea was intended to allow him to stay in the juvenile facility for three years to receive treatment until he turned 21 — unless the Youth Parole Authority decided they can no longer help him.

That happened after authorities filed charges against Sterzer for allegedly assaulting a detention center staffer in August. The transfer to adult prison came about a year earlier than expected for Sterzer, who turns 20 in a few days.

Third District Judge Paul Parker on Monday sentenced Sterzer to a 15-year-to-life sentence for murder, and a one-to-15-year term for sexual abuse of a child. The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrent to each other.

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