Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Tyerell Joe Przybycien walks by a photo of Jchandra Brown in the 4th District Court during his sentencing on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Provo, Utah.   (Evan Cobb/Daily Herald, via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also shot video as she inhaled the air, passed out, fell from a wooden pedestal, and hanged herself. "What I did I'm not proud," he said in court, per KSL, "and it doesn't deserve pity."

Brown's mother, Sue Bryan, took a big framed photograph of Jchandra into the Provo courtroom. "I don't want him out to cause pain and havoc on anyone else's family, anyone else's children," Bryan told the court. "I cannot describe to you the pain of losing a child." Przybycien, initially charged with murder, pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide in a plea bargain, per the Salt Lake Tribune. But in Bryan's words, "There never will be true justice for Jchandra, because she never will come home." (In related news, a skydiving instructor killed himself during a tandem jump.)

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