West Jordan police issue statement after man pleads guilty to killing Sierra Newbold

Sierra Newbold mug on blue WJPD.jpg
Sierra Newbold (Photo: West Jordan Police Department)

(KUTV) — West Jordan Police Department said it will never forget Sierra Newbold who was killed in 2012.

"We again, as we constantly have, offer our condolences and prayers to the Newbold family," the department said in a release that included the picture of the 6-year-old girl who was taken from her home, raped, and killed on June 26, 2012.

Thursday, Terry Lee Black pleaded guilty to kidnap, rape and murder of the girl who would now be nearing her teens.

In the summer of 2012, Sierra Newbold went missing. Her mother quickly contacted police, and after a brief search, her body was found in a West Jordan canal.

She suffered unspeakable trauma before her death.

Black was soon arrested, familiar to the Newbold family from their association in a local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But Black never faced trial because he was ruled incompetent to face trial for his actions. That changed Thursday when he was found competent and entered the guilty plea.

"Members of our police department have worked tirelessly to bring this monster to justice. Today is that day," West Jordan PD wrote.

Black was sentenced to three consecutive life terms.

"He will need to serve 65 years before he is even eligible to be considered for release and this won't happen due to his current age," police wrote.

It declined to name Black in its statement, stating that he doesn't deserve it.

We will never forget Sierra!

West Jordan Police Department.