BB-gun shooting spree totals $200,000 in damage to 78 victims

Mar 14 2012 - 7:06am

OGDEN -- The recent BB-gun shooting spree has reached a total of 78 individual victims, police say, with multiple car and home windows shot out.

Damage estimates have run as high as $200,000, with as many as 100 vehicle windows alone damaged.

So far, about 70 repair bids have come in, said Roy Detective Sgt. Dan Hammon, whose agency took the lead in Weber County's prosecution because Roy was hardest hit.

"When all the bids come in, there could be additional charges," he said.

No one was injured in the two-day ruckus, which stretched from Roy to Clinton and led to charges in two counties against three young men.

So far, Kyle Berrett, 20, of Roy, Aaron Paxton, 18, Clinton, and Tyler Richards, 18, Roy, are charged with four offenses each. In Farmington 2nd District Court each is charged with two counts of third-degree felony criminal mischief. It carries a possible prison term of up to five years.

In 2nd District Court in Ogden, they are charged with two counts each of the more serious second-degree felony causing a catastrophe, because most of the damage came in Weber County. It carries a potential prison term of up to 15 years.

"The defendant was interviewed, and he admitted that he and his companions had driven around and shot out windows of vehicles," reads a declaration of arrest for Paxton, filed with charging documents by Clinton Police Detective Bryan Haywood. Hammon said it was later determined building windows were also hit.

All three men face a status conference on the most serious charges March 27 before Ogden 2nd District Judge Noel Hyde.

Damage also was done in Ogden, Riverdale, West Haven and Hooper.

Surveillance was set up in neighborhoods in Clinton and Roy the night of Jan. 20, and Clinton police caught them in the act, Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said at the time of their arrest.

Police found five guns in the vehicle -- an airsoft gun with a CO2 cartridge, a rifle BB gun and three handheld BB guns.

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