Man gets year in jail after pleading guilty to rape of Magna teen

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old girl in both Salt Lake and Washington counties has been sentenced to a year in the Salt Lake County Jail.

Brandon Michael Cooke, 31, was sentenced on Northern Utah charges after accepting a deal, and pleading guilty to one count of rape, a first-degree felony.

In exchange for the plea, charges were dismissed for:

  • Two additional counts of rape, a first degree felony
  • Three counts of forcible sodomy, a first degree felony

Third District Judge James Blanch initially sentenced Cooke to 5-years-to-life in the Utah State Prison, but then reduced the sentence ordering Cooke to serve 365 days in jail.

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In Washington County, Cooke still faces:

  • Six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony
  • Three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony
  • Five counts of dealing with materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance, marijuana/spice, a class B misdemeanor
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor

His trial is set for April 11, but court documents suggest Washington County charges may also be affected by the Salt Lake City plea deal.

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