Tremonton man sent to prison on aggravated kidnapping, robbery charges

Thursday , July 26, 2018 - 5:15 AM

OGDEN — A Tremonton man was given a prison sentence Wednesday morning on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. 

Israel Lopez-Gonzalez, 46, will spend at least the next 16 years behind bars for his role in the kidnapping and robbery of an Ogden man in June 2017.

During a two-day jury trial in June, Lopez-Gonzalez was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony. 

Lopez-Gonzalez was originally charged with attempted murder, but the charge was later amended to aggravated assault. 

During the Wednesday hearing, Lopez-Gonzalez’s attorney Roy Cole asked the judge to have the charges run concurrently, which Judge Jennifer Valencia accepted. 

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Lopez-Gonzalez spoke during the hearing and apologized for what he had done. He said the incident was a bad thing, and he was trying to help a friend. 

“My life is ruined,” he said. 

According to a probable cause statement, Lopez-Gonzalez was one of three people who forced an Ogden man into a car near the 2400 block of Monroe Boulevard on June 3, 2017. Lopez-Gonzalez “struck (victim) in the head/face with a gun,” according to charging documents. 

He also pointed the gun toward the victim’s stomach and other body parts “multiple times” and at one point told the victim, “you’re not going anywhere.” 

After he was read his Miranda rights, Lopez-Gonzalez later admitted to police that he hit the victim over the head and eye five or six times with a 9 mm handgun, according to a probable cause statement. 

It was not immediately clear when Lopez-Gonzalez will be transferred to a Utah prison to begin his sentence. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at [email protected]t or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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