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Ayoola Ajayi is the suspect who admitted earlier this month that he killed of 23-year-old University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, KSL reported.
Third District Judge Vernice Trease handed the sentence to Ayoola Ajayi, who pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and human body abuse in a plea agreement that allowed her to avoid the death penalty.
As part of the appeals deal, Ajayi, 32, admitted that he was sexually assaulted forcibly in an unrelated case. In this case, a woman who saw the news of Lueck’s death reported that Ajayi attacked her in March 2018.
Trease said Ajayi’s crimes were terrible and displayed “cruelty and immorality”.
Lueck is believed to have met Ajayi in a Salt Lake City park after returning from her grandmother’s funeral in California, and she is never heard from again. Cell phone recordings put Ajayi and Lueck in the park at the same time, and detectives followed Ajayi’s phone to her home after Lueck was turned off. Ajayi was arrested after a search of her home revealed that it belonged to human tissue as well as burnt personal belongings believed to belong to Lueck.
Further tracking of Ajayi’s travels with cell phone data took the police to Lueck’s body. An autopsy said Lueck died of internal bleeding from blunt trauma.
Ajayi told investigators that she decided to kill Lueck before meeting her, after connecting to a dating website called Search Editing. According to court documents, he brought him to his home, then tied his hands behind his back and strangled it using his hands and belt.
He also told the detectives that he had initially buried Lueck in his backyard, but uncovered the body when investigators first contacted him and reburied him in Logan Canyon.
“The only conclusion the evidence can show is that Ayoola Ajayi just wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone,” Salt Lake County district attorney Marc Mathis said. Tragically, Mackenzie chose him for Lueck and his family.
Ajayi spoke briefly with Lueck’s family during the trial.
“I’m sorry for what I did and I deserve what I got, I deserve to get it. I know this won’t bring him back,” he said.
In addition to a life sentence, Trease sentenced Ajayi to one to 15 years in prison for sexual assault and up to five years for abuse of a body. All penalties will be given consecutively.