A 31-year-old Tremonton man has pleaded guilty to killing his friend last spring. Brandon K. Thompson confessed to the murder, one week before a four-day jury trial was scheduled to begin, February 19.
Court records show, Thompson appeared Tuesday afternoon in 1st District Court in Brigham City, for a final pre-trial conference. He accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to an amended charge of murder, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies.
Tremonton Police arrested Thompson after officers were dispatched to a home at 3625 West 1000 North, early on the morning of April 16, 2018. Thompson had called 911 around 3:45 a.m. and reportedly told operators a shooting had occurred.
When police arrived at the scene they found 33-year-old Michael K. Hogenson dead with gunshot wounds to his legs. Officers determined that Thompson waited two hours after the shooting to call authorities.
An initial investigation revealed that an argument had occurred just prior to the shooting. Thompson told police that he shot Hogenson out of self-defense and that the victim had threatened his family. Officers later determined that Thompson lied and attempted to hide or conceal evidence regarding the murder.
In December, Judge Brandon Maynard rejected a motion from defense attorneys to move the trial to another county. He ruled that Thompson would be able to receive a fair trial in Brigham City.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Maynard ordered Thompson to be sentenced April 30. He also requested a pre-sentence report about the defendant’s criminal history, compiled by probation agents.
Thompson remains in the Box Elder County Jail and is being held without bail. He could face up to life in prison.