16-year-old sentenced after pleading guilty to reduced charges in the shooting death of beloved owner of Ogden convenience store

Friends, family and other supporters gather for a vigil for murdered convenience store owner Satnam Singh (inset), 65, on March 1, 2021. Photo: Gephardt Daily / Nancy Van Valkenburg; provided

OGDEN, Utah, September 10, 2021 – A teenager certified to stand trial as an adult was sentenced Friday to the February 28 shooting death of Ogden convenience store owner Satnam Singh.

Antonio Gianny Garcia, 16, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of discharging a dangerous weapon or firearm and aggravated theft. Both are first degree crimes.

Garcia, whose name was withheld by Gephart Daily until he was indicted as an adult, had previously been charged with aggravated murder, carrying a 25-year life sentence if convicted.

Criminal discharge of a firearm is punishable by up to 5 years in life imprisonment if convicted, as is aggravated theft. Five to life was the sentence Garcia received on Friday.

Judge Debra Jensen announced in juvenile court that Garcia would remain in the juvenile center where he has been held since his arrest. When Garcia turns 21, a judge in the 2nd District will determine whether he will be transferred to an adult correctional facility or be released on parole.

Singh, originally from India, moved his family to the United States in the 1970s. He owned Super Grocery, 675 N. Monroe Blvd, and was known in the community for helping those in need.

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