OGDEN – A judge has ordered a 26-year-old Ogden man to serve four years to life in prison for attempted murder after the defendant told police he intended to empty his handgun at the victim, but it got stuck after the first shot.
Brian Tasker confronted a man in the resident’s garage on April 16 and fled after the shooting. The victim went to the hospital, where he told police that Tasker was the assailant. Investigators then viewed surveillance video at the man’s home, where they saw Tasker run out.
Tasker was arrested after a second incident the same day. Officers responded to a reported burglary and car theft. A man said he was on his way home from visiting a neighbor when he saw a man come out the front door. He said the suspected burglar, later identified as Tasker, then tried to steal his car. The two men fought and the owner said he was able to disarm Tasker, who had a knife.
Judge Jennifer Valencia sentenced Tasker on Wednesday in both cases and in a previous case, the three treaties as part of a plea bargain between Tasker’s defense attorney and Weber County prosecutors.
Tasker pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and second-degree robbery and burglary charges in the latest incident on April 16. He admitted to failing to stop for police in a January 23 case.
The theft and burglary charges carried sentences of one to 15 years in prison, while the non-arrest count required zero to five years.
Valencia said the sentences would be served concurrently and she credited Tasker for the time served. She also recommended that he receive drug treatment at the prison.