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Midvale man gets 15-to-life sentence in 'ambush-style' murder

Midvale man gets 15-to-life sentence in 'ambush-style' murder

(Salt Lake County Jail)


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SALT LAKE CITY — A Midvale man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a man in a drug deal gone wrong was ordered Friday to serve up to life in prison.

Amar Miljkovic, 25, pleaded guilty in July to murder, a first-degree felony, in the death of 32-year-old Orlando Roybal last year. In exchange for this plea, a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery was dismissed.

He was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison.

Three others — Whitney Marie Connor, 28; Cameron Roger Fuger, 28; and Chris Villiard, 29 — are also charged with murder and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies. Villiard also faces a single count of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

Connor had reportedly met Roybal's girlfriend on Dec. 4, 2014 in South Salt Lake for the drug deal, which police say was actually an "ambush-style" plot to rob the woman.

When they arrived at 600 E. Leland Ave. and Connor climbed into the back seat of the car, Roybal reportedly told his girlfriend, "We're about to get got" as three men wearing bandanas on their faces rushed up the car, charging documents state. Two men opened the driver's side door where Roybal's girlfriend was sitting, demanding her purse at gunpoint and shooting Roybal multiple times after they grabbed it.

Connor, Fuger and Villiard told police that Miljkovic was the only person who brought a gun that night, and that, as they met up, Miljkovic asked Fuger if he was "ready for this." It was Miljkovic, they said, who pulled the trigger.

Preliminary hearings for Connor, Fuger and Villiard are scheduled for Sept. 18.

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