- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

MT. PLEASANT, Utah (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been charged with aggravated murder in the 2011 shooting deaths of a retired Utah couple.

Logan McFarland was charged Thursday in 6th District Court in the slayings of 70-year-old Leroy Fullwood, and his 69-year-old wife, Dorothy, whose bodies were found in their Mt. Pleasant home on Dec. 31, 2011.

Sanpete County prosecutors filed the charges a day after McFarland was sentenced to up to 56 years in prison in Nevada for a kidnapping, robbery and botched carjacking at a casino that occurred later the same day in 2011.

McFarland and his 27-year-old girlfriend Angela Hill tried to carjack a woman’s car outside a casino in West Wendover on the Utah line. The driver was shot in the head but she survived.

Hill was sentenced in October to 30 years in prison after testifying against McFarland.

Hill and McFarland also were charged with burglary and robbery in the Utah case.

Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel said Utah authorities were waiting to initiate extradition proceedings until after McFarland had been sentenced in Nevada.

According to charging documents filed Thursday in 6th District Court in Manti, McFarland was dropped off by Hill and another woman near the Fullwood home on Dec. 29, 2011.

He told them “he wanted to get some ‘stuff’ from a garage so he could get some money,” the documents state.

When McFarland later encountered Hill, he had a large duffel bag filled with stolen property, including guns and jewelry, and admitted to using a gun, the documents add.

According to an arrest warrant filed in the same Utah court in January 2012, the Fullwood home was ransacked and contents of closets and cupboards were strewn inside.

Defense lawyer Gary Woodbury, before Wednesday’s sentencing in Nevada, said McFarland used to be a “good little Mormon boy” until he got involved in methamphetamine, which clouded his judgment and drove him to make more poor choices.

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