Lori Vallow’s son Colby Ryan speaks at sentencing in Daybell

The older brother of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, Colby Ryan, 28, was one of eight people to give a victim impact statement before Daybell’s sentencing.

BOISE, Idaho — Just 23 hours after Chad Daybell was convicted of murdering his first wife and two of the children of his current wife, Lori Vallow, Vallow’s only surviving child spoke to the jury before the Daybell’s conviction, which includes a possible death sentence. .

A 12-person jury returned a guilty verdict on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Daybell was found guilty of all nine charges against him in the triple murder case.

In addition to the first-degree murders of Tammy Daybell, 49, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, Daybell was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy. to commit grand theft by deception and three counts of insurance fraud.

As Daybell returned to the courtroom on Friday, May 31, to await his fate, he heard, along with the jury and the public, “victim impact statements” from people the presiding judge believed to be the most affected by crimes. They are heard after a criminal conviction and before sentencing. The jury East authorized to take these declarations into account during its deliberations.

JJ and Tylee’s older brother, Colby Ryan, 28, was one of eight people to give their statement before Daybell’s sentencing.

As Ryan sat just feet from his siblings’ killer, he shared with jurors and sobbing spectators the irreversible pain Chad Daybell had inflicted on him.

“I stand here today with no mother, no father, no sister and no brother,” Ryan said. “I lost everything I had ever known. I lost the ability to share my children with them. [JJ and Tylee] …or that my children know them and are loved by them.

“But more importantly,” Ryan continued. “Tylee and JJ lost their lives. Tylee will never be able to travel like she always wanted or have a family of her own. JJ will never be able to share her light and love.”

Ryan already tested against Daybell during the trial. He told prosecutors he worried about his little sister after she, JJ and her mother, Lori Vallow, left Arizona in August 2019. In his testimony, Ryan said it was only In December 2019 he became aware of his mother’s death. Involvement with Daybell.

He believes that Daybell negatively influenced his mother and was the driving force behind the intensification of her religious beliefs.

Lori Vallow was convicted at a separate trial in May 2023 of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder of JJ and Tylee. She was also convicted of robbery and conspiracy to murder Tammy Daybell.

Ryan was allowed by the presiding judge to provide a victim impact statement before his mother’s sentencing. He was supposed to appear in person, but instead chose to make his statement in the form of a written letter and read it aloud.

Vallow was sentenced to life in prison in July 2023.

Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow were charged after the remains of JJ and Tylee were found on Daybell’s property on June 9, 2020. Tylee’s remains were found in charred and burned pieces. JJ was found suffocated and tied up with duct tape.

“The only way forward is to trust in Christ knowing that He has them in His arms and wait for the day when we all see each other again,” Ryan said.

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