Final Defendant Sentenced in Jaysen Greenwood's Murder

Baihly Warfield
April 03, 2017 10:22 PM

The third and final defendant involved in Jaysen Greenwood's murder has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison.

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Sean Joseph Powers, 19, told the judge he is sorry for what happened. He was charged with aiding an offender.

"I never wanted any of this to happen," Powers said. "No one deserved any of this, especially Jaysen and his family."

Court documents say Powers slept through the attack but helped bring Greenwood's body downstairs and cleaned up the crime scene.

The stabbed, beaten and burned body was found in Mott Pit, an old mine pit in Mountain Iron. Authorities say the murder took place in an apartment off of Howard Street in Hibbing. 

Jaysen Greenwood's sister said in court it still seems unreal to her, and it feels like it happened yesterday.

She also said this sentencing was particularly tough because Powers was part of her brother's life for years, and her family saw him as a good influence.

"We've never felt pain so deep," Jazlyn Greenwood said. 

She described the pain as a black hole and said she has felt unexplainable emptiness since Jaysen's death. 

She also said that she doesn't believe Powers is cold-hearted, and she hopes she can forgive him someday, but she will never be able to forget about what happened. 

Powers' attorney, James Perunovich, asked the court to remember that he was not involved in the actual murder.

"He woke up to a bad situation," Perunovich said. "And I'm not sure how any teenager reacts to a dead body in their living quarters with somebody else, specifically the co-defendants, that were pouncing on him to participate in moving the body."

Prosecutor Karl Sundquist said it was a tough situation because Powers didn't ask for what happened, but he could have done something about it sooner. Powers was arrested almost a month after Jaysen Greenwood's death.

"He had opportunities the week after when Dylan Gilbertson was in custody to come forward and give a statement as to what had happened and his knowledge on the case," Sundquist said. 

Judge James Florey told Powers his actions made the crime "so much worse," before sentencing him to the guideline recommendation of 41 months.

"I think anybody on the face of this would say 41 months is not enough time for the conduct that was involved here," Florey said.

The sentence was outlined in the plea deal, and Florey said he didn't have the authority to depart from the guidelines. He told Powers he has a lot of time to think about this, both in jail and for the rest of his life. 

"It's always going to be there for you," Judge Florey said, "and you'll be given a chance that Jaysen didn't have."

Powers said he is going to use the time in prison to turn his life around.

He gets credit for the 293 days he has already spent in jail. And he will have to pay the family around $9,500 in restitution.


Baihly Warfield

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