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Man receives 4-years-to-life sentence for Ogden attempted murder

By Mark Shenefelt - | Sep 26, 2022

MARK SHENEFELT, Standard-Examiner

The 2nd District Court building in Ogden is pictured Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

OGDEN — A judge has ordered a 26-year-old Ogden man to serve four years to life in prison for attempted murder, the defendant having told police he intended to empty his handgun into the victim but it jammed after the first shot.

Brian Tasker confronted a man in the resident’s garage on April 16 and fled after the shooting. The victim drove himself to a hospital, where he told police that Tasker was the assailant. Investigators then viewed surveillance video at the man’s house, where they saw Tasker run out.

Tasker was arrested after a second incident the same day. Officers responded to a reported burglary and auto theft. A man said he was walking back to his home from visiting a neighbor when he saw a man walking out of his front door. He said the alleged burglar, later identified as Tasker, then tried to steal his car. The two men fought, and the owner said he was able to disarm Tasker, who had a knife.

Judge Jennifer Valencia on Wednesday sentenced Tasker in both cases and one previous matter, the three addressed in a plea bargain between Tasker’s defense attorney and Weber County prosecutors.

Tasker pleaded guilty as charged to the first-degree felony attempted-murder count and to second-degree felony robbery and burglary charges from the latter April 16 incident. He admitted to third-degree felony failure to stop for police in a Jan. 23 case.

The robbery and burglary charges drew sentences of one to 15 years in prison, while the failure-to-stop count called for zero to five years.

Valencia said the sentences will be served concurrently and she gave Tasker credit for time served in jail. She also recommended that he receive drug addiction treatment at the prison.

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