Three Salt Lake residents have been charged in 3rd District Court in connection with the November slaying of a man in the Glendale neighborhood.
Vincent Samora, 35, was killed while sitting in a car in the driveway of his mother's home because he testified against a friend of the man who shot him, according to documents obtained in court Dec. 21.
Anthony James Prater, 23, faces one count of first-degree felony aggravated murder, one count of first-degree felony obstruction of justice and five counts of third-degree felony discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
James Sheppard, 27, has been charged with first-degree felony homicide, first-degree felony obstructing justice and third-degree felony discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
Donna Quintana, 26, has been charged with two counts of first-degree felony obstruction of justice.
According to probable cause statements filed with the charges, Prater fired at least eight rounds into a car Samora was sitting in on the morning of Nov. 27. Samora was struck in the back and died of his wounds. Sheppard was driving the car in which Prater was a passenger.
Later Quintana, a relation of Prater's, got rid of the gun used in the shooting and cleaned fingerprints and other evidence from the car from which Prater fired, according to the filing. She also provided police with false alibis for Prater and Sheppard. Prater also provided police with false alibis, according to the filing.
Convictions on the first-degree felony charges could result in life prison sentences for the trio. Convictions on the third-degree charges could result in sentences between one and five years. The three are facing separate charges.