Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 27, 2014
Heber City man sent to prison for 56 years

A Heber City man, who carjacked a West Wendover woman with his girlfriend in a New Year’s Eve crime spree in 2011, has been sentenced to more than a half century in prison.

Logan McFarland, 26, was sentenced last Wednesday in Elko District Court to 56 years in prison for his role in the Dec. 31, 2011 incident in which he and Angela Hill, 28, of Fairview,  intercepted 37-year-old Rattanphorn Keomanivong as she got into her car in a West Wendover parking lot.

When Keomanivong struggled, she was shot in the head and McFarland and Hill drove off. In court testimony in February, Hill said only McFarland had control of the gun and that he shot the woman.

Keomanivong survived and recovered from the wound, but has reportedly suffered emotionally since the attack.

From West Wendover, Hill and McFarland fled from police and drove to a remote corner of Elko County. Officers eventually found them four days later.

Last July, Hill pleaded guilty to burglary, robbery and kidnapping, all felonies, and was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, with parole eligibility after six. She testified against McFarland in his trial last February.

At his trial, McFarland was found guilty of six felonies — kidnapping, robbery, burglary, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit kidnapping or robbery, and committing an offense in a stolen vehicle.

In his sentencing, McFarland was given credit for 870 days already served in jail.

The troubles aren’t over for Hill and McFarland, though. Before coming to West Wendover, the pair also allegedly murdered an elderly couple in Mount Pleasant, taking their car and credit cards, using a credit card at the Lake Point Del Taco, and burglarizing a Lake Point home.

A case including two counts each of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies, was filed against McFarland in January 2012; an arrest warrant for McFarland was issued Thursday on the case, which has largely remained dormant since its filing as Nevada has taken the man through its court system.

Hill, who also goes by Angela Atwood, was charged in the incident for aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. A warrant for her arrest was also issued Thursday.

No charges against either suspect had been filed in Tooele County as of Tuesday. McFarland is eligible for parole after 21 years. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>