Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah man admits shooting, killing his father
Courts • Joseph Nance accepts plea deal and faces up to 30 years in prison.

By Jessica Miller The Salt Lake Tribune

Published April 15, 2013 1:21 pm
This is an archived article that was published on in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment
Read All Comments

A 30-year-old Roy man admitted Monday to shooting and killing his father two years ago at a Kaysville motel.

Joseph Allen Nance was originally charged in 2nd District Court with first-degree felony murder and being a restricted person in possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony, for the slaying of his father, 52-year-old Gregory Nance.

However, Nance accepted a plea deal Monday in which he pleaded guilty to a reduced count of second-degree felony manslaughter and to second-degree felony obstruction of justice.

He faces up to 15 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced May 20 by Judge John Morris.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said Monday afternoon that prosecutors will recommend to the judge that Nance serve the sentences consecutively, and they will recommend to the parole board that he serve all 30 years of his sentence.

Rawlings said the plea deal was offered because after his office reviewed the facts of the case, they felt a jury would likely have found Nance guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

"We truly believe this is what a jury would have done," he said.

Rawlings said issues that played into the plea deal, including mental health issues and an imperfect self-defense claim that could have been used at trial, will be discussed during Nance's sentencing.

Nance killed his father at the Far West Motel, 410 N. Main St., on March 19, 2011.

Police have said the son confronted his father about a fight the older man had with Joseph Nance's mother.

"There was a domestic dispute between the suspect's parents," Kaysville police Capt. Brent Ward said at the time. "His mother and father were currently divorced, but they had been living together at a motel for the last month or two and had gotten into a domestic dispute."

Joseph Nance told police he shot his father in self-defense, according to court documents.

Police said that after Joseph Nance shot his father, he ran into a wooded area near the motel and was later picked up by some friends who did not know a shooting had occurred.

Officers found Nance hiding in a wooden bunker near Layton the next morning.

Twitter: @jm_miller

Copyright 2015 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Comments
Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, click the red "Flag" link below it.
See more about comments here.