WEST JORDAN, Utah — A West Jordan, Utah man has been charged with murdering a 13-year-old boy. A hit-and-run incident in West Jordan last year
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Mason Andrews Ohms was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to criminal homicide in the April death of 13-year-old Eli Mitchell. The boy was riding his bike home from the grocery store on April 26 when Ohm Mitchell was hit.
“He said, ‘Mom, I’m going to ride my bike to the store and get myself some treats with my new debit card,'” said Lisa Mitchell, Eli’s mother, who asked him if she wanted him to take her shopping. . “He said, ‘No, I want my own car.’ I ride a bicycle.”
Eli: “Okay, I’m off!” he went up the stairs. That’s the last time I saw him,” he said.
Before the event, Oms had been drinking for four hours at a nearby bar. After hitting Mitchell, the video showed Ohms stopping his pickup truck taking a teenager’s bike out of a wheel well before driving.
“‘He had no soul at that time. “He just stared at the helpless body on the street and looked at the strangers helping Eli,” Glendon Mitchell, Eli’s grandfather, said as he read the witness statements.
State prosecutors said his blood-alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit at the time of the beating.
“My only son and best friend, Mason, was tragically taken from me due to many bad decisions and criminal acts because of Ohms,” said Eli’s father, Jeremy.
Ohms was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in prison, with 0 to 5 years in prison for the criminal homicide charge and 0 to 5 years for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The sentences are executed in order.
Ohm, who has four prior DUI convictions, was arrested that night at his home in Saratoga Springs. He pleaded guilty to criminal homicide and a charge of leaving the scene in November.
“I never intended for any of this to happen. I was devastated by what happened. I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” Ohms said in court.
The Mitchell family described the sentence as a “break in the chaos”. They plan to put the stress of the trial behind them and focus their energy on healing.
Eli’s sister Emma said: “People are talking about forgiveness and stuff and I’d like to go to it but because my best friend has died I think it’s better to take some time for me.”
“When I’m really sad, I often try to think: Does Eli want me to be so sad? And he doesn’t want me to be so sad. He wants me to find joy,” Lisa said.
The family is working with Utah Rep. Ken Ivory (39th District) on HB 247, which they describe as a “prevention” bill to control alcohol and hold bars accountable for overusing and allowing drunk drivers to get behind the wheel.