Petition for compassion in Eric Charlton case!
  • Petitioned Prosecutor of Eric Charlton

This petition was delivered to:

Prosecutor of Eric Charlton

Petition for compassion in Eric Charlton case!

    1. Kimberly Harding
    2. Petition by

      Kimberly Harding

      Salt Lake City, UT


On May 28, 2012, Eric Charlton, 27, and Cameron Charlton, 17, went camping with a group of 20 or more friends at Yuba Lake campground.
The brothers and a friend had been sitting around a campfire drinking when Eric Charlton showed them tactical training techniques with his unloaded gun.
Apparently, Eric had unloaded it before showing it to his brother. He said he took the gun out again later, put the magazine back in, but said he didn't remember much after that. Charges state that Eric made the comment "You're my brother, you know you can trust me," pointed the gun at Cameron's temple and fired.
Immediately, Eric began to give first aid, but Cameron was pronounced dead at the scene.
Very distraught, Eric allegedly told officers, “I did it. I shot my brother. It was an accident.”
A detective said Eric's blood alcohol level was .06 percent.
Eric is now being charged with negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol.  A felony charge for manslaughter has been dropped against him, though prosecutors are asking the judge to reconsider his decision to have this charge brought back up against him.

Prosecutors want him to be held accountable for the shooting while his attorney, Susanne Gustin, says it's not manslaughter, but rather a tragic accident involving two brothers who were best friends. "Cameron (Charlton) would not want him to go through this. He loved his brother and he [would] not want to see his brother go to prison."
Eric made his first court appearance surrounded by a family that his attorney says has been shaken "to the core."
Charlton kept his head down and wept during testimony from Juab County Sheriff's Deputy, Andrew Davidson. When Davidson responded to the shooting at Yuba Lake on May 28, he said Charlton repeatedly told him the shooting was an accident and that he had the gun for protection. The deputy says Eric told him, "I just remember all of a sudden, the firearm went off."
The judge has told him he could go to prison for up to 15 years. His attorney said the shooting was a tragic accident, and Charlton should never have been charged.
Eric's attorney says, the gun could have malfunctioned. She says Eric, who was a mortar man in the Marines, was not an expert with guns. This is an expert gun. He had no training on this gun and when you slam the magazine like that, it shoots a round into the chamber and it can cause a misfire."
Cameron's best friend, John Hummel, was sitting around the campfire with the brothers. In court, he said, when the gun went off, Eric was in sheer terror and pain. He was doing everything he could to save Cameron.
After the hearing, family and friends surrounded Charlton. One by one, they hugged him. Trevor Charlton said his sons, Eric and Cameron, were best friends. He was emotional when he said Eric wasn't a criminal and described how difficult the incident has been for the entire family. “This has been harder on him (Eric) than anyone else,” he said.
“They’ve already lost one son, and they do not want to lose another,” Gustin added. Charlton is an honorable man. A former Marine who spent a year in Iraq, he is married and has a 2-year-old daughter and another on the way. In court, Charlton’s wife, who is due in October, held his arm.
A judge decided Wednesday evening to take the case under advisement.
Prosecutors say they're not surprised the judge decided to wait on the case. They want the judge to consider the case carefully.
This is where we can help, please sign the petition and let Jared Eldridge, Juab County Prosecutor, know that Eric has suffered enough from this tragic situation
Let us be the ones to help Eric and his family move on and mourn the loss of a brother, son, and friend.


--Information taken from and Deseret News,

Recent signatures


    1. Eric in court today

      Kimberly Harding
      Petition Organizer

      Hello to everyone. Eric went to court today and pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, and carrying a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, a class B misdemeanor. Here is a link to the news coverage:

      Thank you to all those that have been supportive to Eric. I will post more information as it becomes available. I ask that we still show our support to Eric by sharing the petition with all that we know.
      Thank you,
      Kimberly Harding

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Donations for Eric Charlton

      Kimberly Harding
      Petition Organizer

      For those that would like to donate to legal fees for Eric, you can donate at to the email address
      Thank you for all your support!

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Thank you KSL!

      Kimberly Harding
      Petition Organizer

      The support that has been shown tonight is AMAZING!
      Thank you to everyone who is signing the petition. It is because of us that the word is getting out there.
      Here is the link to the KSL coverage:

      Please continue to share with others. It is us who can make the change!
      Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

    6. Our petition has made it to the news!

      Kimberly Harding
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone!
      The news is covering our petition.
      Watch KSL channel 5 news tonight at 6.
      Keep the signatures coming and thank you SO much for your support!

    7. Interview with KSL about our petition

      Kimberly Harding
      Petition Organizer

      Hello to everyone,
      Here is an update:
      I have an interview with KSL news tomorrow to spread the word about our petition.
      I am VERY excited about this and can't wait to see the number of supporters multiply daily!
      I thank you for all of your support and will email more information as it becomes available.
      Thank you!
      Kimberly Harding

    8. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Norma Bench RIVERTON, UT
      • over 1 year ago

      Our prison system is not designed nor equipped to handle the huge numbers of us who either have, or will, at some future date, be responsible for a horrible accident such as the one in which Eric was involved that cost the life of a brother whom he obviously loved. Prosecuting and "winning" a conviction in this case can bring no glory to the Prosecuting attorney, only more pain and suffering to an already devastated family, a burden on an already over-burdened judiciary system, not to mention the exorbitant expense that would be levied on tax-payers. Send the boy home to his wife and children, monitor him electronically if deemed necessary, but don't punish his family members and society at large because of an unfortunate accident. rw

    • Sydney Zaugg WEST POINT, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Eric is a good guy. This was just a horrible accident.

    • Kilee Ashton MERIDIAN, ID
      • almost 2 years ago

      This family need a good closure, and know that Eric is innocent.

    • Casey Benjamin OGDEN, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      He made a huge impact on my life up at Weber Basin Job Corps. He is a great man!

    • Brian Padelsky HOOPER, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's not right accident's happen, the family has suffered enough


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.