When Daniel Halseth made it clear he did not want his 16-year-old daughter to see her 18-year-old boyfriend anymore, Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero, the defiant teen couple, decided to kill him. In fact, in a video the teen couple took afterward, they laughed about the murder.
The shocking incident took place on April 2021. Authorities found 45-year-old Daniel dead in his own garage.
The two had been dating since June 2020.
Trouble started when their parents learned that they had plans to elope in Los Angeles. That resulted in their decision to try and end the relationship.
The teen couple did not like that, so they came up with a plan to kill Sierra's father, Daniel Halseth.
Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero were especially brutal in their attack. It was later confirmed that Daniel Halseth was stabbed 70 times, stuffed into a sleeping bag, and then set on fire.
The plan was to set the house on fire before fleeing the state.
Autopsy reports later revealed that some of the stab wounds were inflicted after Daniel was already dead. After the crime, Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero fled in Daniel's Nissan Altima.
However, before long, they were already in police custody. In the trunk of the car, the authorities found a blood-soaked rug.
Sierra's Grandma Grew Concerned When She Could Not Reach Her Son
When Halseth's family did not get responses to messages sent to Daniel, they started to get worried.
In fact, Sierra's grandma, Christine Halseth, texted her, saying she could not reach her dad. However, the teenager assured her that he was okay and that his phone had issues and would be fixed within a day.
With her worries momentarily laid to rest, the grandma thanked the teenager and told her, "Love you."
However, she was still worried that her only son was not getting in touch with her. She was also growing increasingly suspicious of the excuses her granddaughter was making.
Eventually, her worst fears were confirmed after authorities found Daniel's body, which had been "burned from head to toe."
Guerrero's parents approached the investigators at the scene of the crime a few hours into the investigation. They were apparently looking for their son, who they believed had fled with Sierra.
His mother also told authorities that they had tried to keep them away from each other after learning they had plans to run away.
Sierra Halseth And Aaron Guerrero Tried To Cover Up The Murder
An autopsy conducted on Daniel's body revealed he had burns on 40 percent of his body.
The police believe that the teens set the body on fire to cover up the murder. However, before they burned him, they attempted to dismember his body using a chainsaw and a circular saw.
According to the police, there was also an extensive effort to clean up the murder scene.
The coroner later confirmed that Daniel had died of force injuries.
The police found plenty of evidence at the crime scene, including receipts that showed that Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero were shopping for bleach, lighter fluid, gloves, a circular saw, and a chainsaw.
Surveillance footage was also found, and it showed Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero in possession of the items found at the scene of the crime. The video also showed Sierra using her dad's debit cards after he was already dead.
When the authorities finally caught up with the teen couple, the pair was already in Salt Lake City, Utah. The police immediately took Sierra's phone, in which they found a video that had them admitting to murder.
Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero Made A Video Confessing To The Murder And Laughing About It
Despite their best efforts, the young couple left lots of evidence behind, including receipts, surveillance tapes, and a video they made after the murder. The chilling video starts with the two lovebirds embracing each other as they look into the camera.
After Guerrero jokingly said, "Welcome back to our YouTube channel," he went on to proclaim that it was "Day three after murdering somebody" before the Sierra cautioned him about his statement while giggling: "Don't put that on camera."
As he pulled Sierra close and kissed her head, he said, "It was worth it." The girl then said that they had a lot of sex that day. After that, Guerrero softly slapped Sierra on the face and put his hand on her throat, after which she pretended to choke.
Sierra's Mother Is A Former State Senator
Sierra's mother, Elizabeth Halseth, was once a state senator. She was elected as the youngest person to the Nevada Senate in 2010 when she was just 27 years old.
Elizabeth was already married to another man after parting ways with Daniel, and she currently goes by the name Elizabeth Helgelien.
She notified the police after noticing strange withdrawals in bank accounts she shared with Daniel and could not reach him for an explanation.
The search resulted in the gruesome discovery and the eventual capture of Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero in Utah. They two were stopped after they failed to pay a light rail transit fare.
After their capture, they were extradited to Los Angeles, where they faced charges for their various crimes.
The Family Is Still Dealing With The Horrifying Reality Daniel's Death As Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero Face Charges
Even as the courts try to hold Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero accountable for Daniel's murder, Sierra's family is still mourning Daniel Halseth's death. They noted how senseless the murder was.
In a statement, they described his death as horrific, savage, and a violent act of murder that was heartbreaking to them. The Halseth family also wants Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero to pay for their heartlessness. They found the lack of remorse in the video the two made particularly unforgivable.
Therefore, like everyone else, the Halseth family is also waiting to see justice served.
After what they did, the two teens faced nine felony counts, including murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, arson, and fraudulent use of credit or debit cards. In an arraignment hearing in June, both teens entered a "not guilty" plea.
Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero were held without bail.
A jury trial is scheduled for December 13, 2021. The chief deputy district attorney, Christopher Hamner, is considering pursuing the death penalty in Guerrero's case.
Although Sierra was 16, she was charged as an adult. However, Nevada law does not allow her to face the death penalty since she is under 18 years of age.
On the other hand, Guerrero is already 18, and he could end up being executed for his role in Daniel Halseth's murder.