UPDATE: Brian Mitchell found dead in cell in apparent suicide

Crime Watch

23  Updated at 9:50 am, December 5th, 2015 By: Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
Share This Story


Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde sent a news release confirming the suicide of murder defendant Brian J. Mitchell on Saturday, Dec 5.

According to the release, Mitchell was found dead at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning while officers were conducting rounds. Deputies responded to a cell where Mitchell was being housed by himself. It appeared as though Mitchell had committed suicide, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies gave him medical attention and called for the paramedics, had Mitchell had passed away, according to the news release.

Mitchell, 18, of Shelley, had been in the facility since Aug. 20.

Tri County investigators from Bingham and Madison Counties are conducting the death investigation. All releases on the incident will come from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said it would release more information when it becomes available.


IDAHO FALLS – The family of Brian Mitchell says the 18-year-old accused of murder died Friday, Dec. 4 in the Bonneville County Jail.

Mitchell was facing a second-degree murder charge after police say he stabbed 31-year-old Deraek Larson in Tautphaus Park on Sunday, Aug. 16.

Mike Mitchell, Brian’s father, posted a message on Facebook on Saturday morning that read:

“To my friends and family I thank you all for the support you have given me and my son Brian … It is with a heavy heart I that I must inform you that Brian passed away last night.”

Brian’s brother, Michael Mitchell, confirmed the news to EastIdahoNews.com.

When asked if he knew the cause of death, Michael responded, “I don’t know, man. I don’t know.”

Bryan Lovell, a spokesman for the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, confirms there was a suicide at the jail last night. Sheriff Paul Wilde is waiting to notify all family members before issuing a news release.

EastIdahoNews.com has reached out to law enforcement for more details. We will update this article when new information is received.

Stay with EastIdahoNews.com for the latest on this developing story.


Brother of Idaho Falls Murder Suspect: He’s not a monster

Brian Mitchell’s father: ‘We’re sorry two lives have been ruined’

Murder victim’s mother: “He would never hurt anybody”

Police release identity of man killed in Tautphaus Park

Police: Man found dead in Tautphaus Park was murdered

Body found on playground in Tautphaus Park

Stories You May Be Interested In:

Good Question: Who is ‘Not Bob Marley’?

21 Jul 2017

Robert Patten, EastIdahoNews.com columnist

Freak windstorm rips through Soda Springs

17 Jul 2017

EastIdahoNews.com staff

  • spudd1

    So sad! My heart goes out to the family.

  • tony

    He took the easy way out. This screams out guilt. If only he knew how ridiculous the judicial system is here in IF he would’ve known that he would’ve received an involuntary manslaughter plea and only served 18 months for 20+ stabbings. Kinda scary that Idaho falls would let someone walk after a heinous attack.

    • Laura

      Suicide screams guilt? That’s the most insane thing I’ve ever heard. And to even suggest that suicide is “taking the easy way out” only confirms the fact that you have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t know him or his family, but my heart goes out to them. He was 18 and his attacker was 31. And unless you’ve been atracked, you have absolutely no idea how you would react. Save your judgement and show a little compassion to a family who is hurting right now.

      • tony

        Attacker? Or the 31 year old who was sleeping in the tube when regretful Brian came back for revenge after feeling embarrassed? His story was very generic. It took him and his dad less than a day to think of, hence them not instantly turning Brian in. He took the easy way out, yes.

        • Laura

          Your facts are completely skewed. And suicide is never an easy way out. Period.

          • tony

            Is his story complex? Or generic? He didn’t wanna deal with what was coming his way so he, yeah, took the easy way out. What was mentally eating at him is sad. The fact that something can be eating him inside to commit suicide is sad. Take a life, lose a life is justice. Sad story all around.

        • Tina Hansen

          Do you know his dad? Were you there when he told his dad? Were you in the tube with him, and know exactly what happened? Who are you to judge!! I do know this young man’s father and mother, and I am pretty sure his dad didn’t help him think of something to say! Did you ever think that maybe his father was doing his best to help his son? You have no right to judge him. Hell the way your talking, this young man would have never got a fair trial here because of people like you! Why don’t you think about the VERY worst thing that has ever happened to you, and we will lock you up, where you can think about it every single minute of every single day, and see what you do! You were not that boy, and yes I do say boy, because he didn’t even get to be a man, and you do NOT know what you would have done in his situation! Maybe you should think about this before you open your mouth and condemn someone, for which you do NOT know all of the facts!

    • MsOld

      He took the only way he could see at the time.

    • lewisright

      Wow tony….. Oh that we all could have such insight & foreknowledge. Just to know exactly what was happening in his mind & knowing that his suicide proves his guilt, plus to know precisely what his sentence would have been & be able to judge the entire community for that sentence……. such vision!! What must it be like to be such a gifted individual?

      • SassyPrincess


  • belcher

    he was just a kid and scared. he had been segragated since aug. this doesnt prove gulit, he just gave up. it was to hard to keep facing more and more days and uncertainy when all he heard was he was guilty. people have already judged. there is no longer proven guilt or innocent. anyone that old that attacks a kid knew what they were doing. it is sad anyone died but dont judge the reasons.

    • IH8PPL

      Why not judge the reasons? Aside from religious extremists who will call it a sin?

  • Spriggit

    31 times? Can you say excessive honestly wow yes he deserved the stand but then instead of being a proud person for killing a rapist he chose to quit hmmmm and fyi suicide is an easy way out for the person commuting it

    • MsOld

      Spoken like someone with zero knowledge of human emotion.

    • Steve Blair

      What do you know about anything

    • lewisright

      Been there, done that huh? How else could you speak so authoritatively??

  • tony

    Russell speaking the truth!!

  • just someone

    i was very close friends with the first victim.this is a horrible tragedy no matter how u look at it.i feel very bad for this kid and his family.i still dont know what happened and never will so to complain is pointless.i am so sad this had to happen and im very sorry to BOTH families.this is just all around sad and i know ill never be the same.its very hard to see this happen

  • John Darrow

    You’ve been watching too much television. There isn’t a conspiracy hiding in every death. After violently killing someone, it’s expected that your self-worth might plummet, leading to depression and suicide.
    None of your questions seem to care much about the two young men who are dead. It feels like you’re using this tragedy as an excuse to vent about whatever personal problems you have with the local community.
    Gentry? Political and religious rhetoric? Cover-up? Yeah, okay.

  • SassyPrincess

    Not everyone is like you, Russell. Yeah, maybe you did defend yourself from your attacker in a calmer fashion. But just because you handled it one way, doesn’t mean that everyone is equipped to handle it exactly the way you did. Some people would would curl up and cry, some would panic and freeze, and some would defend themselves to the point of murdering their attacker. I don’t know this person or his family but my heart goes out to him that he felt like suicide was his only choice and also to his family who now have a huge hole in their lives. Let’s all be a bit kinder because we truly don’t know what others have gone through that causes them to react the way they do.

  • SassyPrincess

    There is nothing cowardly about suicide. It is desperation at it’s darkest point. Instead of judging, maybe we should be a bit compassionate about a situation that we really know nothing about.

    • Russell Bybee

      I know more than you think i do. Im not judging anyone. My OPINION is suicide is a cowards way out, and just becauseyou feel differently about it does not make my opinion wrong as neither does it make yours right or wrong. How much pain did he cause the people that cared about him cause he didn’t want to deal with what was going on. No instead of him dealing and facing what he choose to do. Now his famliy gets to deal with the loss of a brother/son. Yup pretty cowardly to me

  • Tamlee

    And you know for a fact that the victim attacked him, please provide the proof for this.