Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead told FOX 13 that the teenager will be tried in district court — as opposed to juvenile court — because Utah law states that anyone who is 16 or older must be tried as an adult if they are charged with aggravated murder or murder.
While the teen will be in district court, and the maximum penalty he could face if convicted is 25 years to life in prison. Juveniles aren’t subject to the death penalty, and in Utah they cannot be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors are expected to file charges against the teenager Wednesday.
The teenager is accused of killing Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, 52, and her children, Alexis Haynie, 15; Matthew Haynie, 14; and Milan Haynie, 12. The teenage suspect is a member of the Haynie family.
A fifth victim and the father of the family, Colin Haynie, 50, was also shot. He survived and has since been released from the hospital.
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Correction: Jan. 24, 2020, 1:33 p.m. • This story has been corrected to show that juveniles in Utah cannot be sentenced to life without parole.