Jeremy Bailey, a 34-year-old man from Layton, Utah, pleaded guilty on Thursday to three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of his wife, Anastasia Stevens, her stepmother, Becky Stevens, and her father, Donald Stevens. The triple murder occurred in May at Bailey’s residence on 1832 E Gentile Street.
Court documents filed in Davis County revealed that Bailey admitted to shooting his wife twice in their bedroom before proceeding to kill his in-laws, who were in nearby rooms. Bailey used a gun belonging to one of the victims. After the killings, Bailey posted on his wife’s Facebook page, confessing to the murders and describing the act as a “massacre.”
While aggravated murder is punishable by death in Utah, Bailey’s plea agreement stipulates a maximum punishment of three mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole. This is in contrast to Bailey’s initial statements to the police, where he expressed a preference for the death penalty over spending his life in prison.
Prior to the incident, one of the victims had sent a message to a therapist, indicating a “very real problem” that might require legal intervention. Bailey was present in the house at the time, preventing further communication. Police overheard Bailey exclaim, “I can’t believe I did,” in an excited manner while he was still in custody.
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