Millerberg pleads guilty to helping dump body

Thursday , June 12, 2014 - 7:01 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN - She was barely audible when Dea Millerberg whispered “guilty” through a stream of ters.

Millerberg, 41, appeared in the 2nd District Court of Ogden Wednesday morning to plead guilty to assisting her husband, Eric Millerberg, dispose of the body of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen in 2011. 

Dea Millerberg pleaded guilty to felony charges of desecration of a human body, illegally obtaining prescription drugs and obstruction of justice. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the 0 to 5 year prison sentences for each offense will run concurrently.

Eric Millerberg, 39, was found guilty of child abuse homicide after a three day trial earlier this year. He was convicted of injecting Rasmussen with a combination of heroin and meth then having sex with her. After the Millerbergs found the babysitter dead from overdose, they hid the body in rural Morgan County. Dea Millerberg corroborated her husband’s false story to police, until both were eventually arrested.

Dea Millerberg testified in her husband’s trial, assured that her testimony would be barred from use in her own case. During the trial Millerberg said she saw her husband inject the 16-year-old babysitter in the neck and that she was wary of the teen’s condition afterward. After they found Rasmussen unresponsive, Dea Millerberg, a former nurse, tried CPR but by then it was too late.

Millerberg testified that she panicked and was convinced by her husband that they’d lose their children and go to jail if it was discovered that the teen died in their house, so she assisted him in disposing of the body.

The next day Eric Millerberg and his friend Eric “Peanut” Smith moved the body again. Smith confessed to police and led them to the decomposed body a month later.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said the plea bargain was a fair deal, since Millerberg was instrumental in getting her husband convicted. 

Sentencing for Dea Millerberg is scheduled for Aug. 21.

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