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Woman arrested in connection with fatal Taylorsville shooting

Posted at 7:33 AM, Jun 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-05 22:11:45-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A woman has been arrested for the shooting death of a man in Taylorsville Friday night.

Sofia Marie Penrod, 21, faces charges of murder and obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting.

Around 11:30 p.m., police responded to Atherton Park Apartments (approximately 4600 South and 800 West) on reports that a man had been shot.

The victim, 30-year-old Joey Michael Duran, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Unified Police say Duran was shot during an "armed confrontation between two groups of people."

Penrod was found inside the apartment where bullet casings were found. She agreed to speak with police, but they said she lied and changed her story multiple times.

A search warrant was obtained for her phone, and police say they found messages that indicated she was involved in some way.

"My brother and I bucked at some n****s [censored] outside [in front] of my house," one message read.

"Coco family just came Booboo shot them [sic]," another said.

Penrod told police she wasn't involved in the shooting and that they should talk to Coco, but she said she didn't know what Coco's real name was.

"Cops are here I'm hiding in the closet Hurry They don't think it was me [sic]," Penrod reportedly said in another message.

She also allegedly told police that she "didn't care about [Duran] and said he was barely her cousin."

Penrod was arrested and ordered to be held without bail, partially due to pending child abuse charges that she failed to appear in court for.