FARMINGTON -- An 18-year-old who shot another man in January has entered guilty pleas to reduced charges.
Daniel Alonso Garcia, of Clearfield, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree felony discharge of a firearm in the direction of a person, second-degree felony aggravated assault with serious bodily injury and third-degree felony riot with a weapon.
Sentencing is set for July 30 before Judge Michael G. Allphin. Garcia could receive terms of 1 to 15 years in Utah State Prison on each of the second-degree felonies.
Garcia had originally been charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; discharge of a firearm causing serious bodily injury, with gang enhancement, also a first-degree felony; riot, a third-degree felony; and possession of a dangerous weapon, a class B misdemeanor.
Garcia is being held in Davis County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. 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.
Police said Morris told them he is a former member of the Northside Hoovers of Arkansas.
Garcia and the others charged in the shooting are members of the East Side Longos gang, police said.
Garcia was 17 at the time of the shooting. His case was moved from juvenile court to adult court in February, shortly after his 18th birthday.
Another codefendant appeared in court Monday. Robert Gonzalez, 18, of Clearfield, has pleaded guilty to third-degree felony riot. He had a sentencing hearing set for Monday, but it has been continued to July 16.
He has also been charged with third-degree felony riot in a shooting at a March 17 party in Clearfield.
According to court documents, Gonzalez drove "members of his gang who were involved in the fight away from the party to avoid the police." Five people were shot during a fight between two rival gangs at the party.
Johny Alexander Cuara, 21, of Layton, who is charged with second-degree felony obstruction of justice in connection with the January shooting, has a preliminary hearing set for June 27.