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Utah attorney to be sentenced for firing shots at paralegal's condo

Published November 15, 2013 10:11 pm

Courts • Stone reached a plea deal that may spare him time behind bars.
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Midvale attorney Harold W. Stone III will be sentenced Monday for firing shots into the home of a woman he was allegedly stalking.

Stone, 36, pleaded guilty in September to firing several rounds into the home of paralegal Angie Johnson, with whom Stone worked at his law office in Midvale.

In exchange for Stone's plea to the third-degree felony charge of discharging a firearm, prosecutors dropped two additional charges: stalking and obstructing justice, a second- and third-degree felony respectively.

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Monday morning before 3rd District Judge Robin Reese. He faces up to five years in prison, but may be spared any incarceration, depending on the terms of his plea deal.

According to charging documents, the windows of the then-29-year-old's condo were shot out on June, 2, 2010. No one was home at the time.

Soon after, the woman was telling co-workers at the law office of Stone & Law about the incident when Stone, her boss, admitted to firing the shots, the documents state.

The woman reported this to police, as well as alleged continued stalking from both before and after the shooting via phone calls and text messages, the charges allege.

While investigating the shooting, police found several bullet slugs embedded in the walls of the woman's condo, charges state, including some in the bedroom of her child.

Police say they have obtained text messages sent by Stone admitting to the condo shooting. Stone also admitted he returned to the scene to retrieve shell casings, according to court documents.

He was charged in this case by January 2011.

In 1997 and 1998, when Stone was 20, he was charged with several criminal cases in Roosevelt's 8th District Court. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawful purchase of alcohol, retail theft and disorderly conduct.

A graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif., Stone has been a member of the Utah Bar since 2004.

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