- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A trio of teenage boys accused of fatally striking a West Valley police officer with a stolen car have pleaded guilty to their roles in the officer’s death.

Two brothers, ages 14 and 15, and a friend who is 16 years old, were originally charged in juvenile court with murder in the death of Cody Brotherson. But the 16-year-old and 14-year-old pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Wednesday.

The boys are accused of stealing a car in November 2016 and striking Brotherson as he attempted to help pursuing officers by putting spike strips on the road.

The boys could be sentenced to serve time in youth detention facilities until they reach age 21, but cannot be held beyond then.

Brotherson’s family says they want Utah’s laws to bring harsher penalties to teens who kill police officers.

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