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Stepdad sentenced to life in prison in murder case

Joshua Lelevier convicted of killing stepdaughter
Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 21:41:26-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Joshua Lelevier is sentenced to life in prison for killing his 13-year-old stepdaughter Jayden Glomb.

In late November, jurors found Lelevier guilty of murder and sexual exploitation of a minor. On Monday, a judge sentenced Lelevier to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder. He's also sentenced to 17 years each for two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Jayden Glomb was found strangled a short distance from the family home in May 2017.

She was barefoot but her feet showed no sign she'd been walking outdoors.

Much of the trial of Joshua Lelevier hinged on the suggestion the teen was aware her stepfather had planted cameras able to catch pictures of her nude.

Before she died, the girl told a friend she had seen her stepfather try to take a picture by sliding a phone under her bathroom door and that she had been terrified ever since.

Lelevier insisted the cameras were only a misguided effort to catch the 13 year old drinking alcohol and to gather evidence to convince the girl's mother.

But with Lelevier on the stand, Prosecutor Jonathan Mosher reminded him how jurors asked what would he expect if he rigged cameras to see into a girl's bathroom.

Mosher: "And your answer to this jury is you could not possibly expected to find Jayden nude in the bathroom, right?"

Lelevier: "Yes."

Mosher: And this putting in of. Tampon in the bathroom, this is a total surprise to you?"

Lelevier: "Correct."

Mosher: "So let's talk about what people do in bathrooms. Do you shower in your clothing, sir?"

Lelevier: "Of course not."

Mosher: And did you expect that Jayden showered in her clothing?"

Lelevier: "Of course not."

Lelevier claimed he thought his stepdaughter dressed in her room, not her bathroom.

Lelevier claimed many of the images were captured by accident because he did not really understand how to use the cameras and their software.