SALT LAKE CITY — A man sentenced to prison earlier this year for assaulting a juvenile he believed had stolen his car is now charged with soliciting help from others to carry out the deed.
Cameron Gregory Deragon, 20, of Draper, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Court with criminal solicitation, a third-degree felony.
According to charging documents, Deragon believed a 16-year-old boy had stolen his car and $1,000. On Aug. 28, 2019, Deragon put a message out via Snapchat stating, “500$ reward for (the boy) dead he just stole my car and 1,000$,” the charges state.
About three weeks after the message was put out, the boy was lured up American Fork Canyon where Deragon and others beat him up, according to the charges.
The Utah County Attorney’s Office filed a similar charge in March. At that time, prosecutors charged Deragon with criminal solicitation to commit murder, a first-degree felony. On the day the preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin, however, prosecutors requested a continuance due to new information they had received, according to court records. When the continuance was denied, prosecutors made a motion for the case to be dismissed.
As for the assault, a woman lured the 16-year-old to drive up American Fork Canyon with her on Sept. 13, 2019. She admitted she was paid $100 by Deragon to do it, according to charging documents. When they reached their destination, Deragon forced the boy out of the car at gunpoint and then he and others beat the victim, the charges state. When Deragon was arrested by police, he was wearing the victim’s shoes, according to the charges.
Deragon was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault, both second-degree felonies, in that case and was sentenced to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.
In yet another case, Deragon was convicted earlier this year for his role in a shootout during a failed drug deal in the parking lot of an Orem apartment complex in 2019. In January, he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a restricted person and obstructing justice, and was sentenced to another one to 15 years in prison, according to court records.