Skirmish between Groups of Teens in West Jordan Ends in Shooting

A skirmish between two groups of teens in West Jordan ended in a shooting last week and felony charges could be pending for one young juvenile.

Fight escalates

Photo by: Peter Anderson

One teen was shot and another arrested after a fight broke out between two groups of teens in West Jordan last Sunday evening. The incident, which is said to not be gang-related started for unknown reasons but quickly escalated to rocks being thrown and a gun being fired. One teen was shot multiple times and luckily did not have life-threatening injuries. Another teen who was said to be a 14 year old male was arrested and could face serious charges for shooting the other teen.

Aggravated Assault or worse

Authorities have not released what charges the teen is facing however it is possible the teen could face felony charges for either aggravated assault or a more serious offense such as attempted murder. Aggravated assault is defined by Section 76-5-103 as “conduct that is:

i. an attempt, with unlawful force or violence, to do bodily injury to another;
ii. a threat, accompanied by a show of immediate force or violence, to do bodily injury to another; or
iii. an act, committed with unlawful force of violence, that causes bodily injury to another or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another; and

. . .that includes the use of:
i. a dangerous weapon . . . ;
ii. any act that impedes the breathing or the circulation of blood of another person. . . ;
iii. other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury.

Aggravated assault is punishable as a third degree felony unless the victim is seriously injured or loses consciousness during the assault at which point the penalty faced would then be a second degree felony.

Increased charges if proven intent

If the teen pulling the trigger had better aim or had the victim been a foot more to one side, the shooting could have been deadly. Some may wonder if the risk of death from the crime would then constitute attempted murder, a first degree felony. Although shooting another individual is likely to cause death, it should not be considered attempted murder unless the shooter pulled the trigger with the intent to kill as stated in section 76-4-101. This pivotal question of intent is likely to arise during legal proceedings however which could dramatically increase the fine and prison term a defendant is facing. Anyone facing aggravated assault charges are encouraged to seek experienced legal representation immediately.

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.