Murder charges filed against suspected burglar, shooter
(KUTV)- Criminal charges have been filed against Justin Gary Llewelyn for his alleged role in the Riverton shooting, robbery, and burglary on Jan. 20.
According to a press release, a Unified Police Department sergeant was investigating possible vehicle burglaries when he saw Llewelyn. Wilson ordered Llewelyn to stop, and that's when he heard Llewelyn allegedly shooting a gun. UPD Officer Weeks, who arrived at the scene after, stated Llewelyn had shot at him.
Llewelyn then fled the scene, ran from police, and broke into the house of Steven Smith. Llewlyn shot Smith in the chest, stole his car, and ran from police. After an anonymous tip, officers arrested Llewelyn in Utah County a few days later.
The District Attorney’s Office charged Llewelyn with the following criminal offenses:
- Two counts of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated murder, first degree felonies (one count for Mr. Llewelyn’s alleged attempt to kill officer Weeks, and one count for Mr. Llewelyn’s alleged attempt to kill Mr. Smith)
- One count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, for Mr. Llewelyn’s alleged unlawful theft of Mr. Smith’s vehicle and causing serious bodily injury while allegedly doing so and or using a dangerous weapon.
- One count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, for Mr. Llewelyn’s alleged unlawful entry into Mr. Smith’s home with a dangerous weapon with the intent to commit a theft and/or assault.
- One count of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony for Mr. Llewelyn’s alleged damage he caused to Mr. Smith’s truck.
- One count of failure to stop at the command of a law officer, a class A misdemeanor, for Mr. Llewelyn allegedly running away when Sgt. Wilson ordered him to stop.
The District Attorney’s Office also filed criminal charges against Misty Nichole Case Llewelyn and Tasha Rae Llewelyn for their role in the Riverton shooting.
According to police, "Misty Nichole Case Llewelyn and Tasha Rae Llewelyn knowingly made false statements to law enforcement and influenced others to provide false information to law enforcement with the intent to hinder, delay or prevent the investigation, apprehension or prosecution of Mr. Llewelyn."
The District Attorney’s Office charged both Misty Llewelyn and Tasha Llewelyn with the following criminal offense:
- One count of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony