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Second defendant pleads guilty in Ben Lomond student’s shooting death

By Mark Shenefelt - | Dec 16, 2021

BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner file photo

Daniel Viegas-Gonzalez enters his preliminary hearing on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at the Ogden 2nd District Court. Viegas-Gonzalez along with Theron Farmer were charged with aggravated murder after they were accused of killing an Ogden teen earlier in the year.

OGDEN — A 30-year-old Farmington man has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder for his role in the Feb. 11, 2019, robbery and slaying of a Ben Lomond High School student who had stayed home sick that day.

Daniel Viegas-Gonzalez agreed to a plea bargain on Tuesday, admitting to charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder, both first-degree felonies. In return, the Weber County Attorney’s Office dropped felony charges of aggravated robbery, obstructing justice and use of a firearm by a restricted person.

Viegas-Gonzalez faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Second District Judge Reuben Renstrom set sentencing for March 8.

Prosecutors alleged Viegas-Gonzalez and Theron Farmer went to Kamron Johnson’s home to rob his older brother, and they knew Kamron was there because Farmer had arranged a drug buy from the brother.

During Farmer’s trial, witnesses said Viegas-Gonzalez opened fire once they were in the home, killing Kamron and critically wounding his brother. Evidence included a 911 call surreptitiously placed by the wounded brother, in which Farmer urged Viegas-Gonzalez to “finish off” the brother.

A jury convicted Farmer, 25, of Ogden, and on Dec. 8 he was sentenced by Renstrom to 26 years to life in prison. Farmer received an extra year due to a weapons enhancement to the charge.

Prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty in the case.

Efforts to contact deputy Weber County attorney Stephen Starr and defense attorney James Retallick for more details about Viegas-Gonzalez’s plea bargain were not immediately successful.

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