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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man who authorities say attempted to kill a man who was fleeing from his Salt Lake City-area home in December 2014 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

The Deseret News reports 55-year-old Larry Kent Graff pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. He was initially charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony.

The Sandy resident had been charged with attempting to kill Michael Grimsley, who was at his house with 26-year-old Candice Melo.

Prosecutors say Graff pointed his gun at Grimsley and fired once after Graff had shot Melo. Graff claimed Melo was attempting to steal from him.

A jury in 2016 convicted Graff on manslaughter for the death of Melo. But the jury became deadlocked on whether Graff attempted to kill Grimsley.


Information from: Deseret News,