Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero Receive Life Prison Sentences
Earlier this month, District Judge Tierra Jones sentenced Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero to life in prison with the possibility of parole for 22 years. Their sentences are part of a plea deal that they made with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. They were arrested in Utah and charged with various crimes, including arson, fraudulent use of credit cards and murder.
Sierra and Guerrero had been dating since June of 2020, but had been defiantly separated for months. They were caught on surveillance footage purchasing items that they would later need for the crime. They purchased lighter fluid, gloves, disposable gloves, a circular saw, a chainsaw, a drop cloth, and bleach. They were also seen kissing and talking on their cell phones. Their parents tried to prevent them from seeing each other. They told police that they had been planning a runaway. They were tracked down and apprehended in Salt Lake City, Utah, by the Salt Lake City Transit Authority.
The couple’s actions led to the murder of Daniel Halseth, who was a 45-year-old father. When investigators went to his house, they found his body burned and stabbed 70 times. His body was stuffed in a sleeping bag and his house was set on fire. An autopsy report revealed numerous cuts and a “saw type wound” on his right wrist.
According to the court records, Sierra and Guerrero were captured on surveillance footage and their accounts were confiscated. They were subsequently arrested, and were extradited to Los Angeles, where they face additional charges. The couple is expected to appear in court on June 25. Upon their release, they will be required to pay restitution for their crimes. They will also be required to undergo drug treatment, and will be barred from driving for at least three years.
A police spokesperson said that investigators searched for the two teenagers for several hours. They tracked them down in a blue Nissan Altima owned by the victim. They were also spotted on surveillance footage with their cell phones. They were seen buying items, and Sierra was seen admitting that she was the one who killed her father. The two teens were apprehended, and were taken into custody in Utah on warrants. They were charged with various crimes, including arson, arson with a deadly weapon, credit card fraud and murder.
Sierra and Guerrero pleaded guilty to all of the charges they faced. They admitted to setting the house on fire, and they also admitted to stabbing Daniel to death. They were also convicted of conspiring to commit murder and of robbery. They were sentenced to up to 22 years in prison. They were given the maximum amount of time they could serve.
The Halseth family is still in mourning the loss of their father. In addition, their family has been fighting a bitter divorce. In 2010, the mother, Elizabeth Halseth, became the youngest person elected to the Nevada State Senate. She is now a Republican state senator. In 2011, Halseth filed for divorce, and her mother was awarded primary custody of the couple’s daughter. Her parents are currently arguing over custody arrangements.