Marilee Gardner pleads guilty on 2nd attempted murder charge

Wednesday , November 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of Maddison Haan. The Standard-Examiner regrets the error.

OGDEN — Court hearings for a 17-year-old Layton girl who killed two people in a 2016 car crash are over until her next hearing in 2021. 

Marilee Gardner appeared in 2nd District Court Wednesday morning to plead guilty to one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony.

Her guilty plea in district court is part of a deal reached by prosecutors and Gardner’s attorney that allowed the teen to plead guilty to one count of attempted murder both in juvenile and district court. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced in juvenile court on Oct. 25.

Related: Marilee Gardner sentenced in Ogden juvenile court for attempted murder

As part of her deal, Gardner will be held in a juvenile detention facility until she is 21. Once she reaches that age, Gardner will be released from juvenile detention and transferred to prison. The prison time for the attempted murder charge in district court ranges from three years to life.

In the juvenile court hearing on Oct. 25, Gardner admitted stealing her family’s SUV, leading police on a high-speed chase and ultimately crashing the car into a Hyundai Accent at a speed of nearly 100 mph. 

The crash killed both passengers of the Hyundai, Maddison Haan, 20, and Tyler Christianson, 19

Gardner’s next court appearance will be a review hearing, tentatively set for March 3, 2021, when she will be 21. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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