The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office has charged a 17-year-old boy with murder, in his connection with a Magna murder. Isaac Nacdanial Patton, of Salt Lake City, has been charged as an adult with murder and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies; three counts of discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony; and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony. Police allege that on Feb. 16, Patton had arranged to buy drugs from Tristen Modadam, 18, and the pair met at Mogadam's residence.
After their business had concluded Patton pulled out his gun and asked Modadam "what else you got?" according to charging documents. When Mogadam began fleeing towards his house, a male standing next to Patton told the boy to "blast him." Mogadam's 16-year-old brother happened to be nearby at the time, and told police he heard three gunshots as they ran back into the house. When they managed to get inside, Tristen Modadam fell to the floor. An autopsy later revealed that he had been shot in the back once, with the bullet hitting his heart and exiting out his front.
Police found four shell casings at the scene of the crime, and a bullet hole in the front door of Mogadam's residence. When questioned by police Patton said he was a gang member and believed Modadam to be part of a rival gang. Five of the six charges against Patton were filed with gang enhancements. If convicted, those charges will carry an increased sentence as a result. Bail was set for Patton at $1 million.
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