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Clearfield man pleads guilty in violent confrontation with ex-girlfriend

By Tim Vandenack - | Aug 24, 2023

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OGDEN — A man initially charged with attempted murder in a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend in Ogden has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault and now awaits sentencing.

Weber County prosecutors charged James Junior Carter of Clearfield with attempted murder, a first-degree felony, on Jan. 31 after he attempted to run down his ex-girlfriend in a car on Dec. 10, 2022, according to charging papers. The incident occurred in the 400 block of 14th Street in Ogden.

On Aug. 16, he pleadd guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, as part of a plea deal with Weber County prosecutors. He’s to be sentenced on Sept. 27.

“Defendant James Carter attempted to hit his ex-girlfriend with his car. He did this multiple times. A witness was sure he was going to kill the victim. Defendant did not hit her but instead hit the apartment building,” reads the plea deal, same as wording in the initial charging papers.

Carter, 54, also pleadd guilty to a second count of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony. The victim’s son witnessed the confrontation and Carter hit the child’s scooter with his car. Two other misdemeanor counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Carter’s ex-girlfriend had a protective order against him at the time of the incident, according to court papers.


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