McFarland associates appear in court as cases get close to wrapping up
By James Tilson
MANTI—After more than five years of court drama, the cases surrounding the 2011 murders of Woody and Ann Fullwood are coming to a close.
Allison Boudreaux and Damien Flores, the last two defendants with pending cases, came to court last week to enter changes of plea to resolve their respective cases.
The two defendants had been charged as accomplices of Logan McFarland and faced charges similar to his, although they were not charged with murder.
But in 2013 Boudreaux and Flores, who is Boudreaux’s son, agreed to cooperate with the state and testify against McFarland when his case came to trial. At that time, they were released from custody and their cases were put on hold while the McFarland case wound its way through the justice system.
Under their agreements with prosecutors at the time they were released, their cases could not reach a final resolution until they testified, or McFarland accepted a plea agreement.
Last month, McFarland entered a plea agreement in which he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now that his case was finally settled, the two co-defendants could resolve their own cases.
Damien Flores appeared in court last Wednesday, Feb. 15 to enter his change of plea without counsel. He had been represented by Douglas Neeley up through 2013. But Neeley resigned from the case after the terms of his agreement to testify in any McFarland trial were settled.
In the hearing last week, Judge Marvin Bagley read the terms of the agreement to Flores, indicating that Flores would be pleading guilty to three third-degree felonies.
The judge also indicated that Flores would be granted credit for any time he had served in custody. But the judge said he couldn’t guaranteeing Flores would not receive further jail or prison time.
Flores, appearing surprised at the possibility of more time in custody, asked to have an attorney appointed for him. The court, finding that Flores could not afford to hire his own attorney, appointed public defender David Angerhofer to represent him. Flores’ case was re-set for a pretrial conference on March 1.
Boudreaux appeared with counsel Andrew Berry to enter her change of plea to two second-degree felonies, burglary and obstruction of justice.
Judge Bagley stated he knew Boudreaux from her recent graduation from drug court and asked her attorney if Boudreaux would consent to him hearing her case anyway. Berry said his client would continue with Bagley.
Bagley asked what Boudreaux did to be guilty of the charges. County Attorney Brody Kiesel said Boudreaux, Logan McFarland and Allison Atwood Hill “agreed in advance they were going to hit a house” and Boudreaux “provided her car” for that purpose. Subsequently, Keisel said, Boudreaux “made misleading statements to law enforcement.”
Boudreaux agreed that those facts were correct. Judge Bagley accepted the change of plea, and set the sentencing for April 21.