Levon Garo Meguerditchian has been convicted in the Third District Court of first-degree felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated kidnapping, second-degree felony obstructing justice, and third-degree felony discharge of a firearm. The conviction stems from a series of events that began with the theft of a bottle of liquor at a residence in Sugar House, Salt Lake County, Utah.
On August 28, 2021, Meguerditchian hosted a party at his Sugar House home. During the party, some individuals stole a bottle of alcohol and fled the premises. Abdourazak Mouhamed, one of the party attendees, also left the house in his car at the same time. As Mouhamed drove away, Meguerditchian allegedly shot at him, causing him to crash his car. Mouhamed was found dead in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his head.
Following the shooting, Meguerditchian forced other partygoers into the laundry room of his home and threatened them. Police initially responded to a 911 call to investigate the shooting but did not find any evidence at the time. Most of the hostages were released 20 minutes later. However, another 911 call was made later in the morning reporting a captive at Meguerditchian’s house. When police arrived, they discovered a juvenile female in Meguerditchian’s garage with multiple injuries to her face.
Levon Garo Meguerditchian is scheduled for sentencing on January 10, 2024. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill expressed satisfaction with the conviction, stating that the jury’s decision sends a strong message and makes the Sugar House community safer.