Tremonton man pleads guilty in shooting death of friend

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UPDATE (2/13/19) – The man accused of shooting his friend at a home in Tremonton after an apparent argument pleaded guilty. 

According to court documents, 31-year-old Brandon K. Thompson confessed to killing 33-year-old Michael K. Hogenson in 1st District Court in Brigham City on Tuesday. 

Thompson accepted a plea deal to first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. 

His sentencing is scheduled for April 30, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. He faces life in prison.

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TREMONTON, Utah (News4Utah) – One man is dead and another is in jail after the small community of Tremonton experienced its first homicide in more than half a century.

It all happened outside a home near 3600 West and 1000 north.

Tremonton police said they received an early morning call from Brandon Thompson, 30, who told police he had shot a man.

“Spoke with him took him into custody, found that the victim was deceased. It looks to be two gunshot wounds to the upper thigh area,” said David Nance, Tremonton Chief of Police. 

Police say the shooting happened over a dispute between the two men.

Investigators later identified the victim as Michael Hogenson, 33, who had been living at the home for a few months.

Police aren’t releasing all of the details of what led up to this shooting. But for neighbors, they say, things like this “just don’t happen here.”

” t’s really shocking especially this close to my house. I went by their this morning and seen all the cars and stuff I didn’t know what happened. I knew it was bad because they had it all roped off and stuff,” said Rodney Thompson, neighbor. 

Brandon K. Thompson, 30

Many neighbors say they didn’t know Thompson, and that he had only lived in the home around two years.

It’s a tragedy that’s left many feeling for everyone involved.

“Those poor families it’s a sad, sad deal,” said Carol Jones, neighbor. 

Thompson’s girlfriend was home at the time, but police say she was sleeping during the shooting. For now investigators say the evidence indicates this is*not a case of self-defense.

Thompson was booked on charges of homicide, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. 

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