A man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison after pleading guilty to the murders of his wife, in-laws, and three dogs earlier this year. Jeremy Bailey, initially charged with capital murder, entered a guilty plea in October for three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Anastasia Stevens, 61-year-old Becky Stevens, and 73-year-old Donald Stevens.
KSL.com reports Prosecutors argued that Bailey coldly executed his wife and her parents, emphasizing the brutality of the crimes. After the shootings, Bailey went to a store to purchase more ammunition.
On May 19 at 9:45 a.m., Bailey called the Layton Police Department, confessing to the killings. Officers apprehended him outside his home on Gentile Street. Bailey and Anastasia Stevens resided in the house, and her parents were visiting from Nevada. Bailey had forewarned of a “murder-suicide” at the home, leaving a chilling message on his wife’s Facebook page announcing the tragic events.
One of the victims had texted a therapist, expressing concern about a significant issue they had discovered and stating it might be time for legal intervention, though the details were unclear.
According to KTVX-TV Reports indicate that Bailey had contemplated the shooting for several days leading up to the incident. Upon arrest, he expressed a preference for the death penalty over life in prison and inquired about the state’s use of a firing squad for executions.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Michael DiReda told Bailey, “Your life has been spared. You were extended mercy that you were unwilling to extend to your wife and her parents.”