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Utah man pleads guilty to shooting at synagogue

First Published      Last Updated Jun 12 2015 01:06 pm

A Cottonwood area resident has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for firing three shots from a handgun at a Salt Lake City synagogue in 2012.

Macon Michael Openshaw, 21, pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation for the night-time attack on the Kol Ami synagogue in 2006.

Openshaw fired three shots from a .22-caliber handgun at the unoccupied facility that broke windows and damaged the building, according to court documents. He also pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun with a destroyed serial number, the same gun used to shoot at the building, and possessing other weapons in violation of federal law because he was the subject of a protective order at the time.

In addition to the handgun that FBI agents found in Openshaw's home, they also found a sawed-off semi-automatic rifle in the trunk of Openshaw's Ford Focus, court documents say.

As part of a plea bargain, Openshaw could be sentenced to five years in prison. He also agreed to restitution.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 15 before U.S. District Judge Tena Camppell.