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Attempted-murder plea bargain reached in Ogden park shootings

By Mark Shenefelt - | Sep 9, 2021

Bergen Webb (Photo supplied, Weber County Jail)

OGDEN — A Pleasant View man potentially avoided penalties of at least 15 years in prison by agreeing Thursday to a plea bargain on two attempted-murder counts for shooting two men at an Ogden park.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Bergen Webb, 20, will face six years to life in prison on each of two counts of first-degree felony attempted murder in the Sept. 28, 2020, shootings. The standard sentence under Utah law is 15 years to life, but lesser sentences of six or 10 years to life are allowed.

Defense attorney Ryan Bushell said in 2nd District Court that the plea deal also calls for the sentences to run concurrently. In return for the pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop two second-degree felony charges of obstruction of justice.

Letitia Toombs, a deputy Weber County attorney, gave a summary of the crimes. She said Webb and a 19-year-old man agreed to meet at Lester Park and that “there would be no guns involved.” The younger man and his father were sitting in a car when Webb approached, pulled a handgun and shot the father through the window and the other man as he was getting out of the car.

Both men survived with serious injuries, but “it could have caused their deaths,” Toombs said.

Prosecutors said in charging documents that Webb disposed of the handgun but later turned himself in to police, accompanied by Bushell.

Before accepting the pleas, Judge Joseph Bean asked Webb if he understood that the maximum penalty for an attempted-murder conviction is 15 years to life. Webb said he did.

Bean set sentencing for Oct. 22. “The victims will want to speak,” Toombs said.

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