West Valley City man who killed code compliance officer sentenced to life in prison

Kevin Wayne Billings. Photos: Salt Lake County; Gephardt Daily

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, May 6, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A West Valley City man who killed a city code compliance officer in August was sentenced Monday to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Kevin Wayne Billings previously pleaded guilty to four charges related to the Aug. 9, 2018, death of Jill Robinson, who he had called to his West Valley City residence after it was cited for yard cleanliness violations.

Billings shot Robinson, 62, in his driveway after she informed him by mail that a daily fee would be imposed for uncorrected violations in his junk-filled yard. Billings then poured gasoline around Robinson’s West Valley City truck, with her inside, and set the truck on fire.

The suspect, who had a long history of code violations, was also charged with causing an explosion and fire at the residence of neighbors he believed had reported his trashy yard to authorities. The neighbors’ four dogs died in the fire.

Billings, 65, pleaded guilty to:

  • Criminal homicide — aggravated murder, a first-degree felony
  • Aggravated arson, a first-degree felony
  • Arson, a second-degree felony
  • Aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class A misdemeanor

Previously, Billings had faced additional charges of abuse or desecration of a dead human body, a third-degree felony; five counts of recklessness — incendiary device, a third-degree felony; and three additional counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class A misdemeanor.

Jill Robinson, West Valley City code enforcement officer, was shot dead on the job on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Photo courtesy: West Valley City

“A male, later identified as Kevin Billings, was observed by a witness pouring what they believed to be gasoline around a West Valley City Compliance truck, which he then ignited,” a probable cause statement said. “Several other witnesses observed Billings in the driveway of his residence at 4102 W. Wendy Ave. as the fires burned and the female lay deceased.”

“Medics noticed Ms. Robinson had burn marks on her lower extremities consistent with an accelerant or other flammable substance being applied to the body, then lit on fire,” the probable cause statement said. “The burns were inconsistent with fire spread through radiant heating.”

Witnesses also reported hearing Billings speak, a probable cause statement said, referencing the death of Robinson, who had held her job for about a decade.

“After 40 years of harassment, the bitch got what she deserved,” witnesses reported Billings as saying.

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