Arizona teen sentenced for killing southern Utah ranch employee

An Arizona teen has been sentenced for the murder of Jimmy Woosley, 61. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Woosley's family)

(KUTV) -- An Arizona teen has been sentenced to at least five years and up to life in prison after being convicted of killing a worker at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens, the Associated Press reported.

Clay Brewer, 19, is accused of killing Jimmy Woosley on Dec. 6, 2016.

He was also sentenced to at least one year and up to 15 years for the assault of a second employee at the Turn-About Ranhc.

The day before the attack, Brewer told police he drank bleach in an attempt to kill himself.

According to court documents, Brewer told police that he woke up "heartless" the day he killed Woosley. He also admitted to having a pill addition, stating it had "taken over his life and that had controlled him."

Brewer attacked the 61-year-old worker from behind with a weapon after he came to check on a group of teens sitting around a campfire.

According to the AP, police said the then 17-year-old also assaulted a second worker and stole her car before he was arrested by deputies on their way to the Turn-About Ranch, about 300 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Brewer also said he pretended to hold a weapon up to police officers when they caught him, "So I could get shot and killed," court documents stated.

The charges filed against Brewer include:

  • aggravated murder — first degree felony
  • attempted aggravated murder — first degree felony
  • aggravated robbery — first degree felony
  • fail to stop at command of police — third degree felony
  • tampering with evidence — class A misdemeanor
  • reckless endangerment — class a misdemeanor
  • theft — class B misdemeanor
  • reckless driving — class B misdemeanor
  • charges also include aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and reckless driving.

Prosecutors charged Brewer as an adult under Utah laws that allow juveniles accused in serious cases to be charged directly as adults, according to the AP.

He pleaded guilty in 6th District Court on July 20.