Man may withdraw guilty plea in Layton Walmart robbery case

May 9 2011 - 11:21pm

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Trent Allen Longton
Trent Allen Longton

FARMINGTON -- A man suspected of pulling a gun on Walmart employees after being caught with a laptop down his pants may get to change his plea.

Trent Allen Longton, 25, appeared before Judge John R. Morris in 2nd District Court on Monday. His public defender, Ronald Fujino, withdrew from the case, and Emily Swenson, a private attorney, has been retained to defend Longton.

Swenson said she plans to file a motion so Longton can withdraw his guilty pleas, entered Feb. 7, to robbery, a second-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon, a class A misdemeanor, following a Jan. 13 incident at the Layton Walmart.

Three other class A misdemeanors -- threat of a dangerous weapon in a fight, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon and obtaining an identifying document of another -- were dismissed.

Another hearing is set for June 6, when the judge may decide whether Longton can withdraw his pleas.

If Longton withdraws his guilty pleas, Deputy Davis County Attorney Jason Nelson said, prosecutors may file "enhanced charges."

Longton entered the guilty pleas in his first pretrial conference hearing.

Longton was on probation when he walked into the Layton store Jan. 13. Asset protection associates from the store said they saw him remove a laptop from its box and stuff it under his shirt and down his pants.

They eventually brought him into the asset protection office. That was where he reportedly pulled a gun on the Walmart employees. Four of the employees disarmed him and held him until police arrived.

Those four employees were fired by Walmart the following week for violating store policy by not disengaging in an altercation when a weapon is shown.

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