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Jerrod Baum biography: 13 things about Eureka, Utah man

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Jerrod William Baum is a white man from Eureka, Juab County, Utah, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He was 15 years old when he allegedly stole three vehicles in succession and found a handgun from one of the vehicles and used the handgun to fire at two Burger King employees in Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah while trying to rob the restaurant on November 6, 1991.
  2. On March 10, 1992, he was charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery, three counts of burglary and seven counts of theft. He was tried as an adult for the crime spree he committed in 1992. He pleaded guilty to going into a Burger King and firing at employees while trying to rob it and the murder charge was dismissed without prejudice.
  3. On September 12, 1994, he was charged with assault by a prisoner. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault.
  4. In 1997, he was arrested in Salt Lake County, Utah.
  5. On December 18, 2002, he was arrested in Utah County, Utah and charged with possession of a weapon by a restricted person.
  6. On March 20, 2003, he pleaded guilty to trying to purchase or possess a dangerous weapon.
  7. On January 16, 2017, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and use or possession of drug paraphernalia and pleaded guilty to all charges.
  8. He is 7 years older than his former girlfriend Morgan Henderson Lewis. They lived together in his father’s house in Mammoth, Juab County. He allegedly warned her against having male visitors. On December 29, 2017, Lewis was visited in their Mammoth by her friends and his fellow Eureka residents Riley Powell, 18, and Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson, 17. Powell was the boyfriend of Otteson, who was pregnant at the time. According to Lewis, he got angry at Lewis for having a male friend so he duct-taped Powell and Otteson’s mouths, placed the teens in a jeep, drove the jeep with Lewis in the passenger seat and the teens in the back to a remote area of Eureka on the edge of a cliff where he fatally stabbed the teens before throwing them down a 1,800-feet mine shaft.
  9. On January 2, 2018, Powell and Otteson were reported missing. On January 9, 2018, he and Lewis told detectives that Powell may have gotten into a fight on New Year’s Eve and they did not know where Powell and Otteson were. Powell’s jeep was found on January 11, 2018. On January 30, 2018, he was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
  10. On March 27, 2018, Lewis led police to the Tintic Standard Mine, an abandoned mine in a remote area of Utah were Powell and Otteson’s bodies were found. He and Lewis were arrested on March 28, 2018 and on March 30, 2018, respectively. On April 3, 2018, he was charged with obstruction of justice, possession of a dangerous weapon as a restrained person, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of desecration of a corpse. On April 5, 2018, Lewis was charged with two second-degree felony counts of obstructing justice.
  11. On June 10, 2019, he pleaded not guilty to the charges in the deaths of Powell and Otteson. In July 2019, Utah County attorney David O. Leavitt announced that he intended to seek the death penalty against him.
  12. In September 2021, the state of Utah, through Leavitt, withdrew its intent to seek the death penalty against him.
  13. On March 7, 2022, the trial for the murder of Powell and Otteson began. Represented by Dallas Young, he was convicted on April 15, 2022 of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, obstruction of justice, two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of desecration of a dead body. On June 1, 2022, he will be sentenced by Fourth District Judge Derek Pullan for killing Powell and Otteson.
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