Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in Ogden shooting
OGDEN — Cedric Broadnax has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree felony attempted murder for firing several shots into a car full of people in downtown Ogden, critically injuring one man.
Broadnax, 38, was arrested Sept. 13, 2020. Police claim he had accosted a woman on 25th Street and her boyfriend confronted him. The couple walked to the parking lot and Broadnax allegedly followed. The woman’s boyfriend was hit twice as he was climbing into the vehicle, but no one else was injured.
In a plea bargain reached last month, Broadnax pleaded guilty to the attempted murder charge in return for dismissal of five second-degree felony counts of illegal discharge of a firearm and a third-degree felony count of use of a firearm by a restricted person.
Second District Judge Noel Hyde has set sentencing for Feb. 1.
The man who was shot submitted a letter to the court in advance of Broadnax’s sentencing, detailing the impact on his life and his family’s. He said he was shot twice in the face and once in his right forearm.
“Two .40-caliber bullets were removed from my brain,” he said. That resulted in some brain tissue being removed. He said he has suffered vision and hearing loss and has been relearning how to communicate and use motor skills.
“I have two metal plates and titanium mesh that holds my skull together,” he said.
Beyond lifelong problems he faces because of the shooting, his family is suffering as well. “My children are terrified,” he said. “They think they are going to be shot in the nighttime.”
Under Utah law allowing pleas of guilty but mentally ill, a sentencing judge may order that a defendant receive mental health treatment at the Utah State Hospital before serving a prison sentence.