SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man accused of shooting at couple he followed from a West Valley City restaurant accepts plea deal on federal weapons charges.
Aldo Gonzalez, 26, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition after a previous felony conviction in a plea agreement that includes a 10-year sentence in federal prison.
Gonzalez was arrested in July 2016, after an encounter with an individual at a restaurant in West Valley City. The victim saw Gonzalez as he was leaving the restaurant and told him his red 49ers hat was cool.
The victim and his girlfriend left the restaurant and drove to their West Valley City home. They were approached by two men pointing guns at them as they got out of the car. The victim recognized one of the men as the individual he had seen at the restaurant.
Gonzalez asked the victim, “What set you claim?” then immediately began shooting at the victim. The two men got back into their car and fled.
Several bullet holes were found in a nearby car and the victim’s home. 10 shell casings were found at the scene.
An officer found the vehicle close by and attempted to pull the car over but Gonzalez fled through the neighborhood at speeds up to 60 mph. Gonzalez eventually abandoned the car and ran into a home after swimming through a canal. Gonzalez was taken into custody after SWAT received a warrant to enter the home.
Gonzalez, who is identified as a member of the Nortenos Familia Varrio Loco gang, is being prosecuted as a part of the #UtahGangInitiative and the Utah Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.
Sentencing is set for June 7, 2017.