Everardo Guadarrama-Garcia was sentenced to 15 years to life on Tuesday for shooting and killing a man outside an Ogden grocery store in 2019. (Weber County Jail)
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OGDEN — An Ogden man was ordered on Tuesday to spend the next decade in jail after pleading guilty to killing a man outside an Ogden grocery store in 2019.
Everardo Guadarrama-Garcia, 26, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murder, a first-degree felony.
The 26-year-old signed a plea deal in April. In exchange for pleading guilty to murder, prosecutors dropped three other charges against him, including obstruction of justice, second-degree felony, aggravated assault, and possession or use of a firearm by a person to restricted access, third degree crimes.
Guadarrama-Garcia admitted shooting and killing 24-year-old Mauricio Hernandez Olmedo outside a store in Ogden on May 18, 2019. Just before midnight, police were dispatched to Super Groceries, 511 31st Street in Ogden. When officers arrived, they found Hernandez Olmedo lying dead outside the store. He had been shot three times and police found several spent .45 caliber shell casings on the ground. Guadarrama-Garcia was found nearby and confessed to the murder while in custody, according to charging documents, which also say he told police he had smoked methamphetamine earlier in the night.
Guadarrama-Garcia appeared in court on Tuesday and briefly addressed the judge through a Spanish interpreter, saying he wished the shooting didn’t happen and that if he could change the past, he would would.
“I just want to say I’m sorry,” he said.
A Guadarrama-Garcia supporter also spoke at the hearing, saying she always knew him as a respectful and friendly person, but someone who always had a sadness in his heart. The woman said Guadarrama-Garcia lost his mother when he was young and his father left later. She admitted he made the wrong choice and urged the judge to keep in mind that Guadarrama-Garcia had “no direction in life”.
Olmedo’s mother also spoke at the hearing through a Spanish translator and she dismissed the woman’s claims that Guadarrama-Garcia should receive sympathy. She said Guadarrama-Garcia had fired a gun at her son’s house in a previous encounter and asked the judge to give him his due sentence.
“Everardo is not the person portrayed in this statement,” she said.
Second District Judge Noel Hyde called the shooting a tragic loss that could have been avoided and impacted many lives. There was no justification for the shooting, whatsoever, he said. Hyde said that given the first-degree murder plea, Guadarrama-Garcia’s sentence was essentially predetermined by legislative guidelines.
Guadarrama-Garcia was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, although Hyde said the full length of the prison sentence would be up to the Utah Board of Pardons and Paroles. Guadarrama-Garcia must also pay approximately $8,500 in restitution.