Guilty plea entered in fatal Murray shooting
A 28-year-old Magna man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the May shooting death of a man in Murray that was apparently gang-related.
Jonas RodrÃguez PÃ©rez was charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree murder for the slaying of 21-year-old Alvert John Mike.
He pleaded guilty last month to a second-degree felony count of manslaughter and faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 15 by Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills.
As part of a plea deal, second-degree felony counts of discharge of a firearm and a possession of a dangerous weapon were dismissed.
According to charging documents, RodrÃguez PÃ©rez began fighting with Mike at a party near 6600 South 630 West in the early morning of May 19.
The party included a group of SureÃ±os gang members. Mike, who arrived as part of a group of NorteÃ±os gang members, began throwing gang signs and arguing with RodrÃguez PÃ©rez, a known SureÃ±os associate, according to charges.
When the conflict escalated, RodrÃguez PÃ©rez chased Mike down the street and shot him, fleeing the scene before police arrived, charges state.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement say RodrÃguez PÃ©rez was deported in 2010 and was in the country unlawfully at the time of the slaying. Utah court records show two past traffic citations and a 2010 warrant alleging RodrÃguez PÃ©rez was wanted in San Diego for a drunk-driving case involving injury.
Porfirio PÃ©rez SaligÃ¡n, 23, allegedly told detectives he was the getaway driver for RodrÃguez PÃ©rez.
PÃ©rez Saligan was charged with second-degree felony obstructing justice, but pleaded guilty in September to a lesser count of third-degree felony obstructing justice.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay a $500 fine and complete 100 hours of community service as part of a 36-month probation.