OGDEN — An Orem man will spend at least the next five years in prison after being sentenced Wednesday for shooting a man outside an Ogden bar in September.
Frenchman Davonti Dyer, 24, was sentenced to terms of five years to life and zero to five years in a Utah state prison after pleading guilty to one count of felony discharge of a firearm, a first-degree felony, and one count of riot, a third-degree felony.
The prison terms will be served concurrently, meaning the sentences will be served at the same time.
Dyer pleaded guilty during a February court hearing. In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped three other felonies levied against Dyer. Those charges consist of one count of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony, and two counts of felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, both third-degree felonies.
Dyer was not in custody and appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney, Logan Collins.
Collins asked Judge Ernie Jones to give his client a jail sentence followed by probation, and added that Dyer has a full-time job. He also said that the court received a number of letters of recommendation from family, friends and his employer. Either way, Collins said, his client was ready to take responsibility for his actions and would accept whatever sentence he would be given.
“He knows what he did was stupid,” Collins said. “Either way, he’s willing to take his punishment.”
Deputy Weber County Attorney Thomas Pedersen argued that Dyer’s actions warrant a prison sentence, saying that a public safety concern should trump any mitigating factors in the case.
Dyer addressed the court and apologized for his actions. He also asked the judge if the victim was present so he could apologize to him face to face.
“I’m very remorseful for what I did,” Dyer said.
The victim was not present for the hearing.
Jones ultimately sided with prosecutors, saying he could not even consider jail and probation as an adequate sentence for Dyer’s actions.
“The bottom line is you need to be responsible for your actions,” Jones said. “I think this is just too serious to think [about] that probation or jail time.”
Jones gave Dyer credit for time served, and Dyer was taken into custody moments after his sentence was delivered.
Dyer admitted to shooting a man in the leg outside the Kokomo Bar in Ogden following a fight that occurred minutes before in the bar. The man was shot in the back of his leg, with the bullet going in the back of his thigh and exiting just above his knee.
A total of three men were found to be shot at the scene. Police later said all those shot would recover from their injuries.
Another man, Erin Tramale Gaston, 25, is also accused of shooting a man after the same fight. Gaston entered not guilty pleas to all charges against him, and his case was still unresolved as of Wednesday afternoon.