Griffin, whose criminal record includes multiple arrests for weapons and drug violations, was charged in 2003 with the murder that took place on May 26, 1984, at a convenience store near Brigham City. Evidence uncovered years after the event tied him to the murder.
Griffin was 26 ; Perry was two days shy of turning 23.
A Logan jury on Nov. 14 found Griffin guilty of "murder in the 1st degree, a capital felony," the legal term for aggravated murder in 1984.
Court-appointed defense attorney Randal Richards told Hadfield Wednesday that the defense's plan to file an appeal within the 30-day time limit has been thwarted.
"There have been some difficulties trying to find someone [an attorney] to do one, frankly," Richards said.
Griffin's mother, Arlene Pyle of Logan, was visibly shaken during the sentencing. And Griffin offered no comment to the court or any apologies.
That did not surprise the Perry family.
"We've never seen any sign of remorse," said Perry's sister, Nan Wharton.