SALT LAKE CITY — A man and woman accused in an attempted drug theft that left one person dead have been sentenced to prison.
Brody Olson, 37, was sentenced Nov. 15 to at least 15 years and up to life in prison for the killing of Melvin Dyer, 51.
Olson pleaded guilty to murder, a first-degree felony, in September. In exchange, additional charges against him were dismissed, including aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, and possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and two counts of discharging a firearm resulting in injury, second-degree felonies.
Tonita Holland, 39, of West Valley City, faced the same charges as Olson. She pleaded guilty to a manslaughter, a second-degree felony, while additional charges were dismissed. She was sentenced Nov. 15 to one to 15 years in prison.
Dyer was killed on the morning of Feb. 17 in a shooting at an apartment complex at 1930 S. West Temple. Two others — a man and a woman — were injured when bullets "grazed" their heads, according to Salt Lake police.
Charging documents allege that one of the victims was waiting for Holland to come by the apartment to buy methamphetamine. When he opened the door, "a male pointed a revolver at him and entered the apartment," the charges state.
The man, identified as Olson, demanded everyone's wallets, phones "and asked for the safe," according to the charges. Holland had been in the apartment about a month earlier and had seen the safe, police say.
The man who answered the door tried to attack Olson while he was putting the safe in a bag, according to charging documents, and Olson fired an estimated five shots.
The man who attacked Olson and a woman who tried to hold Olson back were injured when bullets grazed them, according to the charges.1 comment on this story
Two additional rounds fired in the apartment hit the ceiling, another hit the kitchen wall, a fourth hit a water heater, and a fifth bullet struck Dyer in the chest, causing fatal injuries, the charges state.
Olson has a lengthy criminal history, according to court records, including various theft, burglary and forgery-related charges. In exchange for his guilty plea in the murder case, prosecutors agreed to close six ongoing cases against him in the county, though Olson will still be required to pay restitution on those matters.