Clearfield teen charged with felonies may take plea deal

Apr 2 2012 - 10:49pm

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Daniel Alonso Garcia
Daniel Alonso Garcia

FARMINGTON -- An 18-year-old Clearfield man charged with attempted murder is considering a plea deal, his attorney says.

Daniel Alonso Garcia appeared Monday in 2nd District Court with his attorney, Mark Arrington.

Garcia is charged with the discharge of a firearm, with serious bodily injury and gang enhancement, a first-degree felony; attempted murder, a first-degree felony; riot, a third-degree felony; and possession of a dangerous weapon, a class B misdemeanor.

Another hearing is set for April 9.

The charges stem from a shooting in Clearfield on Jan. 6, when Darrell Morris, 35, was shot three times. Police say Garcia was the shooter and that the incident was gang-related.

Garcia was 17 at the time of the shooting. His case was moved from juvenile court to adult court in February, shortly after his birthday.

Arrington said prosecutors offered to let Garcia plead guilty to two second-degree felonies, which carry consecutive sentences, and one third-degree felony. The third-degree sentence would run concurrently with that of the second-degree felonies.

"My client is also asking the court to consider changing the bail from $50,000 cash only to $50,000 bondable," Arrington said. Judge Michael G. Allphin denied that request.

Others were also charged in the case. Robert Gonzalez, 18, of Clearfield, has been charged with third-degree felony riot, and Johny Alexander Cuara, 21, of Layton, has been charged with second-degree felony obstruction of justice.

They have court hearings on Monday.

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