Derek James “DJ” Harrison appeared in District Court in Kemmerer at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning where the judge accepted his plea deal in the death of Utah Transit Authority (UTA) worker Kay Porter Ricks.
Harrison plead guilty to felony murder and kidnapping in order to avoid the death penalty. The murder charge carries a sentence of life in prison and he was also sentenced to an additional 20-22 years for the kidnapping charge.
Richard Massey, a representative for the Ricks family was on hand to read statements on their behalf.
Harrison last appeared in court on April 17 in Lincoln County. He was also sentenced to no less than 30 years for his role in the kidnapping of five women in Davis County Utah.
According to Lincoln County Attorney, Spencer Allred, Harrison will serve his time in Utah prior to being transferred to Wyoming. The respective Department of Corrections for each state are currently working out the details.
DJ and his father, Flint, went on a crime spree and were eventually apprehended in Sublette County Wyoming. After their actions in Utah the pair kidnapped Ricks and stole his UTA pickup truck and later took his life some 16 miles outside of Kemmerer. Flint hung himself in the Davis County Jail last summer.