A young man serving a potential life sentence in the Utah State Prison for the high-profile killings of his two younger brothers is now accused of trying to kill an older inmate.
Aza Ray Vidinhar, 23, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping, both first-degree felonies.
Vidinhar is already serving a term of 15 years to life in prison for murdering his two brothers, Alex and Benjie, ages 10 and 4, inside their West Point home on May 22, 2013 — stabbing one of them 88 times and the other 28 times. Vidinhar was only 15 at the time.
In his latest case, Vidinhar went into another inmate’s cell on March 12 and told the man “that he had already killed two young people with his hands and now wants to fulfill his dream of killing someone old with his hands,” according to charging documents.
Vidinhar entered the 66-year-old inmate’s cell with a cord in his hand, shut the cell door behind him, and told the man “that he was going to kill an old man and to make it easy on him,” the charges state.
“Stop fighting it and just let me kill you,” Vidinhar told the man after wrapping the cord around his neck, according to the charges.
Another inmate who was walking by heard the victim yell, “Help me, this guy is going to kill me,” and went to notify a corrections officer, investigators say.
When the inmate and officer returned to the cell, they could still hear the victim's pleas for help “but they were faint,” the charging documents say. When the deputy unlocked the cell door, the second inmate helped pull Vidinhar off the man he was allegedly attacking.
This is not the first time Vidinhar has been accused of attacking another inmate. In February, he was charged with assault by a prisoner for punching another inmate. He was convicted of the crime in March and sentenced to a term of zero to five years in prison to be served concurrently with his 15-years-to-life sentence, court records state.
He was also convicted of assault by a prisoner in 2015.