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OGDEN – A defense attorney has filed a motion to reduce charges against a woman accused of acting as a getaway driver in a house invasion on Christmas Day 2020 and fatal shootings.
Randall Marshall’s petition in the 2nd District Court claims gang reinforcements in the Brittany Ann Rogers case no longer apply due to a change in state law by the Utah Legislature earlier this year.
Under the old law, a person who acted as part of a street criminal gang or worked with two other people was given increased sentences. But the new law only applies an improvement to those who work with three or more other people. Rogers has two co-defendants.
Rogers, Liam Gale and Rayburn Bennett Jr. are charged with the death of Trevor Anthony Martin on Christmas morning in Riverdale. Prosecution documents allege the two men stormed into Martin’s trailer, fatally shot him and seriously injured his girlfriend while Rogers was allegedly waiting outside.
All three are charged with grave robbery, grave burglary, grievous bodily harm and obstruction of justice. The two men are charged with murder, and Rogers is charged with murder, an offense without the death penalty. Gale also faces two gun charges.
Because of the gang reinforcement, all charges against Rogers are first degree crimes, but under new state law some of the charges could be reduced to second degree crimes if the judge approves Marshall’s motion.
First-degree offenses without capital can be punished with five years to life, while second-degree offenses are punishable by imprisonment from one to 15 years.
The prosecution has not yet submitted a response to the request. In a hearing on Monday afternoon, Judge Camille Neider said she would schedule the next defendants’ hearing on January 20 to give lawyers and the judge time to resolve the gang reinforcement issue.
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