Boutain pleads guilty for murdering Utah student, will serve life sentence

Austin Boutain (center) looks on during a court hearing Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Boutain, an ex-convict charged with gunning down a University of Utah student from China, using a stolen gun from a previous killing, pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping charges. Boutain entered the pleas in an agreement with prosecutors that allows him to avoid a possible death penalty. He was sentenced to life without parole. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - A former Marion County resident has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting and killing a University of Utah student.
Austin Jeffery Boutain, 24, formerly of Guin, pled guilty to aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Boutain was involved in a fatal carjacking at the University of Utah campus in October 2017, where he fired five shots into a car parked at Red Buttle Canyon, resulting in the death of Chen Wei Guo, a computer science major from China.


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