Wednesday , May 17, 2017 - 11:43 AM
OGDEN — A 32-year-old Ogden man was sentenced Wednesday for the sawed-off shotgun killing of William Hicks, 32.
Andrew Esquer, 32, will serve a minimum of 16 years to life for the murder charge and a concurrent sentence of one to 15 years for an obstruction of justice charge.
In the early morning of July 6, 2015, Esquer shot Hicks in the chest on the 2900 block of Childs Avenue in Ogden. Esquer thought Hicks had stolen rent money from his friend Angel Mason.
Randy Richards, Esquer’s attorney, had filed a motion to arrest judgement prior to Wednesday’s sentencing. During the trial, Richards moved to suppress statements from a witness who was present for the shooting in 2015 but has since suffered memory loss due to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The witness appeared at trial and his statement was read aloud, but Richards’ attempts to cross-examine him were futile. The witness claimed he had no memory of giving the statement or the event he described.
Transcripts of the witness’ statement were prejudicial to the jury, Richards argued, because Esquer was not able to adequately confront his accuser. Richards asked for a new trial, but 2nd District Judge Brent West denied Richards’ motion before sentencing Esquer.
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