WEST JORDAN, UT — WEST JORDAN, UT — The man who killed a 13-year-old boy during a homicide Hit and run last year in West Jordan was sentenced to imprisonment for up to 15 years.
Mason Andrews Ohms received his sentence Monday after pleading guilty to criminal manslaughter in the April death of 13-year-old Eli Mitchell. Ohms punched Mitchell when the boy was riding his bike home from a grocery store on April 26.
“He’s like, ‘Mom, I’ll ride my bike to the store and use the new debit card to buy myself some goodies,'” said Lisa Mitchell, Eli’s mom, who asked if she wanted to take him to the store. “He said, ‘No, I want to own my own. I’m going to ride my bike.’
“Eli jumped up the stairs and said, ‘Okay, I’m out of here!’ That was the last time I saw him,” she said.
Before the incident Ohms had been drinking at a nearby bar for up to four hours. After meeting Mitchell, the video showed Ohms stopping his pickup and Removing the teenager’s bike from its wheel well before driving away.
“‘He had no soul in that moment. He just stared at the helpless body in the street and looked blankly at strangers helping Eli,” said Eli’s grandfather, Glendon Mitchell, reading testimonies.
Prosecutors said his blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit at the time of the hit-and-run.
“My only son and best friend was tragically taken from me by Mason Ohms due to many bad decisions and criminal acts,” said Eli’s father Jeremy.
Ohms was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in prison for manslaughter and 0 to 5 years in prison for leaving the scene resulting in death. The sentences run one after the other.
Ohms, who had four prior DUI convictions, was arrested at his home in Saratoga Springs that same night. He pleaded guilty to criminal manslaughter and the charge of leaving the scene in November.
“I never intended for something like this to happen. I am devastated by what happened. I sincerely apologize,” Ohms said in court.
The Mitchell family described the sentencing as a “pause in the chaos.” They plan to leave the stress of the court case behind and focus their energies on healing.
“People talk about forgiveness and stuff and I want to get there, but I think it’s okay if I take my time because my best friend is dead,” Eli’s sister Emma said.
“When I get super sad, which I often do, I try to think, ‘Would Eli want me to be super sad? And he wouldn’t want me to be super sad. He would want me to find joy,” Lisa said.
The family is working with Utah Rep. Ken Ivory (District 39) on HB 247, which they describe as a “preemptive” law to control alcohol and make bars responsible for driving drunk drivers and drunk drivers to permit.