Layton man pleads guilty to shooting, killing roommate in December 2016

Saturday , November 18, 2017 - 8:53 PM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — A Layton man accused of shooting and killing his roommate has pleaded guilty. 

Christopher Scott Fritz, 20, entered a guilty plea Thursday afternoon to one count of first-degree felony murder, according to court records.

Fritz appeared with his attorney Steven Shapiro in front of Judge David Hamilton and pleaded guilty to the murder charge. 

According to court documents, the murder charge carries a prison sentence of 15 years to life in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

Fritz had previously pleaded not guilty to the crime during an April hearing.

With his signature on the change of plea document, Fritz admitted fault for the death of his roommate — 24-year-old Taylor VanCamp — who was shot multiple times Dec. 19, 2016, at their Layton home. 

At the April preliminary hearing, witnesses said Fritz and VanCamp got into an argument and began fighting. Fritz told police after the fight, when he went into his bedroom and saw he had a black eye and bloody nose, he “snapped,” pulled a handgun out of a drawer, went to Vancamp’s room and shot him several times, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting.

The sentencing hearing for Fritz is tentatively set for Jan. 17, 2018, in Farmington.

As of Saturday evening, Fritz was being held at Davis County Jail.

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