Source: CVDaily Feed
LOGAN — A 35-year-old Logan man has pleaded guilty to shooting at another man outside an apartment building in August. Luis Alvarez accepted a plea deal from prosecutors, pleading guilty to half of the charges he was facing. As part of the deal, state attorneys also agreed to drop charges against his wife, an alleged accomplice.
Alvarez entered his plea during what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, Tuesday morning in 1st District Court. He pleaded guilty to felony discharge of a firearm and obstructing justice, both second-degree felonies, also possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.
State attorney Spencer Walsh told the court how on the morning of August 23, the victim went to a Logan apartment near 255 West 300 North. Alvarez came to the door holding a 9 mm handgun and chased after the victim.
As the two men ran down the street, Alvarez fired a single shot, missing the victim and striking a nearby building. SWAT Teams surrounded the apartment and later found him at a relative’s home, two-blocks south. He was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail, where he remains held on $55,000 bail.
Prosecutors later charged him with six felonies and one misdemeanor. The charges were enhanced because the shooting took place within 1000 ft. of Ellis Elementary School.
Walsh said officers found two guns that Alvarez had allegedly tried to hide in a field behind the family member’s home. They also found drugs and paraphernalia inside his residence.
Defense attorney Bryan Galloway said he didn’t want to make excuses for what happened but said there was a lot of things that led up to the shooting. He explained how the victim had reportedly broken into Mendez’s apartment previously, vandalizing it and terrorizing her.
Walsh didn’t dispute the allegations, explaining a warrant had been issued for the victim as police continue to investigate.
Alvarez was ordered to appear December 12 for sentencing. He could face up to fifteen-years in prison.