OGDEN — A Riverdale teen was given probation after pleading guilty in January to shooting another teen in what police believe to be a gang-related conflict.
Isacc Jacob Fazzio, 18, pleaded guilty to amended charges on Jan. 30, which consist of aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony; possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.
In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped one count of felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony; two counts of use of a firearm by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies; and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
Police were dispatched to the scene of the shooting at 3:33 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and found a 15-year-old boy was shot in his lower right leg, according to a probable cause statement. Witnesses told police that a white male in a black four-door vehicle drove past two people, the victim and another person, before firing a shot.
The victim told police that he was arguing with a juvenile on social media regarding “gang related rhetoric” minutes prior to the shooting. The victim received photos of hollow-point bullets and messages from the juvenile saying the bullets would be used on him, according to the probable cause statement.
Police identified the owner of the social media account as a 16-year-old boy. The victims identified the shooter as Fazzio, the boy’s older brother, charging documents say.
Police obtained a warrant to search the home of Fazzio the same day as the shooting and reportedly found six guns, including hunting rifles, a shotgun, a loaded handgun and a loaded Hi-Point Model 4095 rifle, according to the warrant.
Police also found a “large” amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in Fazzio’s bedroom. Police say the packaging in which they found the drugs suggests they were packaged “in a manner consistent with sales,” according to charging documents.
During a Wednesday morning hearing, Fazzio told the court he extremely sorry for what he had done, and he never intended to hurt anyone.
Fazzio’s attorney, James Vilos, told the court that at the time of his arrest, Fazzio had been accepted to Weber State University and would enroll in classes if allowed to. Regardless of the punishment given, Vilos said his client would willingly accept any sentence imposed.
Deputy Weber County Attorney Thomas Pederesen asked that Fazzio be sentenced to prison time, saying that if you shoot somebody you should go to prison.
Judge Jennifer Valencia said Fazzio is lucky that his charges do not carry a mandatory prison term, but if he continues with his “gang lifestyle” he would likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Valencia placed Fazzio on a very limited probation, and said there will be no tolerance for gang activity. She waived all prison time and sentenced to him to serve a probation term of four years. Fazzio is also required to have an ankle monitor for 90 days instead of requiring a curfew.
Fazzio has been in the custody of the Weber County Jail without bail since his arrest in October. Fazzio was given credit for time served and will likely be released from jail sometime this week.