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Plea bargain reached for Layton man in assault against his mother

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jul 29, 2022

MARK SHENEFELT, Standard-Examiner

The 2nd District courthouse in Farmington is pictured Nov. 1, 2021.

FARMINGTON — A 36-year-old man originally charged with attempted murder has pleaded guilty to lesser charges stemming from an alleged suffocation and strangulation attack against his mother in 2020.

Jason Raoul Solis was eating breakfast at his mother’s home in Layton on Sept. 19, 2020, when he began acting oddly and then attacked her, but she got free as two young grandchildren came to her aid, according to Layton Police Department charging documents.

In a plea bargain filed in 2nd District Court on July 18, Solis pleaded guilty to second-degree felony aggravated assault and second-degree felony aggravated burglary. The Davis County Attorney’s Office in return dropped charges of first-degree felony attempted murder, firearms and drug paraphernalia possession charges, and three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Solis, who has been held at the Davis County Jail since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22 by Judge David J. Williams.

In an arrest affidavit, Layton police said Solis told his mother “he was involved in something big and that he could not tell her what it was or it would put her in danger.” Then Solis “suddenly came up behind her and put a plastic bag over her head, pulling tightly on the bag so that she could not breathe.”

Solis’ mother was able to rip a hole in the bag to regain her breathing, but her son then put her in a choke hold, again restricting her airway, according to the affidavit. The woman’s 12-year-old granddaughter hit Solis with a stick and an 11-year-old grandson tried to stab him with a tool, according to police.

Solis went outside to his car and the woman and children locked and barricaded the door. They told police he returned to his mother’s mobile home and kicked and banged on the door. They also saw that he had a handgun in his waistband, the arrest affidavit said.

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