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Piute 17-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Murder

A 17-year-old Piute High School student pleaded guilty on Monday to the aggravated murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Jacky, in January. 

Francisco Daniel Aguilar, 17, is charged as an adult with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felony discharge of a firearm; all first-degree felonies; and two counts of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, as reported by ksl.

According to evidence shown in the preliminary hearing, the couple had been arguing and “trying to make each other angry” when Aguilar took a 9-millimeter gun from his father’s room and ammunition and then drove to the Black Hill area in his truck.

When Jacky got out of the truck and ran for a nearby car, Aguilar got out the gun and began to shoot in her direction.

The preliminary hearing’s summary said he “told investigators that he was not trying to hit (the other driver) but said he was ‘pretty sure’ he was trying to hit Jacky.”

Aguilar pleaded guilty only to aggravated murder, a first-degree felony that is not a capital charge. A plea statement has not yet been made public.

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Feature image caption: Jacqueline “Jacky” Nunez was killed on January 8. Her boyfriend pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated murder. Courtesy Jacky’s family/ksl.