Multiple Felony Charges for 18+ Teens Looking to “Score Weed”

Three teens 18+ in age who were attempting to “score weed” are now facing multiple felony charges for kidnapping and robbing a 17 year old minor in Magna, Utah earlier this month.

Looking for Marijuana

Photo by: Chuck Grimmett
Photo by: Chuck Grimmett

18 year old David Saul Gonzalez-Reyes, 19 year old Eduardo Flores-Loeza, and 19 year old Alisha Jimenez were arrested last week after they met a 17 year old female in a grocery store parking lot who was there to sell marijuana. After they entered the minor’s vehicle, one of the teens struck the minor in the face with a handgun and forced her to drive to a nearby residence where they continued their crime spree by physically assaulting and robbing two individuals at that house.

Multiple Felony Charges = Possible Life in Prison

The trio of older teens was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail with each facing:

Aggravated assault, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison;

Aggravated burglary, a first degree felony that carries a possible prison term of five years to life;

• Aggravated robbery, a first degree felony that may add on another five years to life;

Aggravated kidnapping, another first degree felony punishable by what Utah code 76-5-302 states to be “not less than 15 years and which may be for life”.

Multiple Felony Charges
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Although all teens are facing the same multiple felony charges, it is not clear what role each played in the alleged kidnapping, assault, and robbery. It is also not known whether or not the teens knew the minor or the individuals who were at the home prior to the scheduled drug deal. If convicted of the multiple felony charges, the teens who are barely old enough to vote could spend the rest of their lives in jail because they wanted to get high.

Two Utah Teens To Stand Trial as Adults

A couple of Utah teens who are suspects in an armed robbery last month have been certified to stand trial as adults.

Standing Trial for First Degree Felonies

One young man is 17-years-old, while the other is just 16-years-old. They will be tried for committing aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary—first degree felonies. The two Utah teens were allegedly involved in the robbery with three other men.

It’s believed that the group went to a Roy home with at least one gun and committed the crimes in the presence of victims. They didn’t get away with much loot, but police were able to track down the suspects fairly quickly.

What is Aggravated Robbery?

Aggravated robbery can be charged if a person, in the course of committing a robbery, does any of the following:

• uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon
• causes serious bodily injury upon another person
• takes or attempts to take a working motor vehicle

What is Aggravated Burglary?

A person is considered guilty of aggravated burglary if while attempting, committing or leaving the scene of a burglary the person or another individual involved in the crime:

• causes bodily injury to someone not involved in committing the crime
• uses or threatens to use a weapon against someone who’s not a participant in the crime
• possesses or attempts to use any explosive or dangerous weapon

Being found guilty of committing first degree felonies can come with the penalty of five years to life in prison.

If you have a child who’s involved in any criminal or legal offense, don’t hesitate to contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney. Utah teens or other minors deserve the same legal help as adults, but can’t provide it for themselves. Make that important call today.