A Tremonton man has been sentenced to spend 15 years to life in prison for the 2018 shooting death of a friend in the first murder case in the city in more than 50 years.

Brandon K. Thompson, 31, was sentenced on Thursday, June 20, in First District Court in Brigham City for the shooting death of Michael Hogenson, 33. Thompson was sentenced to spend 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison on one first-degree felony count of murder. He was also sentenced on one count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and one count of obstruction of justice, both second-degree felonies carrying a penalty of one to 15 years.

According to court documents, Thompson called Box Elder County Dispatch in the early morning hours of April 16, 2018, to report a shooting located at 3625 W. 1000 North in Tremonton. When officers arrived at the scene they found Hogenson, 33, deceased with gunshot wounds to the legs. Documents state that Thompson waited two hours after the shooting to call authorities.

Thompson originally pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder in May 2018 but took a plea deal for a lesser charge of murder in February 2019.

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