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Second man charged in 2017 killing over low-level drug deal in Magna

By , | Posted - Nov 14th, 2019 @ 11:55am


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SALT LAKE CITY — A second man has been charged in connection with the killing of a Magna man during a low-level drug deal two years ago.

Kilungo Pierre Ilunga, 22, of Taylorsville, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies; and three counts of discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony. All charges are subject to gang enhancements, according to charging documents.

On Feb. 16, 2017, Tristen Mogadam, 18, was shot and killed outside his Magna residence, 3231 S. Julia Lane (8820 West). Mogadam and his 16-year-old brother had arranged to sell two ounces of marijuana to Isaac Nacdaniel Patton, of Salt Lake City, according to charging documents.

But after Patton was given his drugs, he pulled out a gun and stated, “What else you got?” the charges state. Mogadam then pushed Patton and began running toward his house. A second male told Patton to “Blast him,” the charges state.

Three gunshots were heard as Mogadam and his brother reached the house. Mogadam collapsed on the floor. An autopsy would later determine Mogadam was shot once in the back, according to charging documents.

Patton, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was charged as an adult in 3rd District Court 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. His trial is scheduled to be begin Jan. 28.

The second man who allegedly said “Blast him” has now been identified as Ilunga.

Unified police detectives developed information that Ilguna bragged about the shooting to others, according to a Salt Lake County Jail booking affidavit. At the time, investigators only knew him by his moniker “Brazy.”

Witnesses later picked Ilunga out of a photo lineup, according to the charges.

In November, police questioned Ilunga, who initially denied even knowing Patton until detectives showed him pictures of the two of them together, the charges state. At that point, Ilguna admitted being in Patton’s gang and that his moniker was “Brazy,” the charges state.

Bail for Ilguna was set at $1 million.

Since being incarcerated at the Salt Lake County Jail, Patton has been convicted in one case of assaulting another inmate, and currently faces three counts of assaulting an inmate in another case filed this year, court records state.

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