- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on new charges filed in the death of a Utah train worker (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A Utah man is pleading guilty to federal charges filed in a stunning string of crimes that included the slaying of a train worker and the kidnapping of a mother and her daughters.

Dereck James “DJ” Harrison was sentenced to life in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to carjacking and kidnapping.

The 23-year-old Harrison acknowledged helping his father Flint Harrison force train worker Kay Ricks into his truck in May 2016. The two used it to escape Salt Lake City for Wyoming, where Ricks was killed.

Flint Harrison later killed himself in jail.

A Ricks family spokesman said they’re glad the case is coming to an end.

Grandmother Marlene Brown says DJ Harrison was an otherwise great kid who got caught up in a horrible crime under the influence of drugs.


10:43 a.m.

A Utah man convicted in the death of a train worker while on the run after trapping five people in a basement is due back in court.

Dereck James “DJ” Harrison is set to appear Thursday on federal charges filed in the kidnapping of worker Kay Ricks.

Authorities say Harrison and his father forced Ricks into his work truck and used it to escape Salt Lake City, then killed him after they reached Wyoming in May 2016.

Harrison was sentenced to up to life in prison in Utah after pleading guilty to trapping a woman and her four teenage daughters in a basement.

Wyoming also gave him a life sentence in Ricks’ death after Harrison acknowledged he didn’t stop the fatal beating by his father.

Father Flint Harrison later killed himself in jail.

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