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Jenson gets prison terms for fatal shooting, gun thefts, Weber jail riot

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jan 18, 2022

Photo supplied, Weber County Jail

Brian Christopher Jenson

OGDEN — Brian Jenson has been sentenced to prison on a reduced charge of manslaughter for his role in the shooting death of a man in North Ogden two years ago.

Second District Judge Cristina Ortega on Dec. 29 ordered Jenson, 30, of Brigham City, to serve one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for second-degree felony manslaughter. Jenson and Ryan Joseph Dash, 34, were charged in the Feb. 8, 2020, shooting of Dalton Wood, 29. Dash is charged with aggravated murder and goes on trial March 15.

In a November plea bargain, Jenson pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aiding and abetting, down from the original first-degree murder charge. Charging documents said the shooting resulted from a prior dispute between Dash and Wood.

In return for Jenson’s manslaughter plea, the Weber County Attorney’s Office dropped charges of obstruction of justice and theft, both second-degree felonies, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

The plea bargain also resolved two other cases against Jenson. First, he pleaded guilty to second-degree felony theft for stealing a safe from a West Haven care center three days before Wood’s shooting. Police said guns used in the shooting were in the safe.

Finally, Jenson pleaded guilty to third-degree felony inciting a riot in the Weber County Jail on June 3 last year. Police said Jenson encouraged other inmates to cause widespread damage in a riot that took almost 12 hours to quell.

Ortega sentenced Jenson to one to 15 years in prison for the safe and guns theft and zero to five years for the riot. She gave him credit for 688 days served in jail and ordered that the manslaughter, theft and riot terms be served consecutively.

The judge also said Jenson’s state sentences will run concurrently to a seven-year federal prison term he received last October for dealing methamphetamine in Ogden. Jenson was one of nearly two dozen white supremacist gang members indicted last year by federal prosecutors in Salt Lake City for alleged drug and gun dealing.


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