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Family requests max sentence for shooter in 2016 gang-related Ogden homicide

Tuesday , March 06, 2018 - 6:27 PM2 comments

OGDEN — A 20-year-old Ogden man was sentenced to prison Tuesday after pleading guilty in January to a murder charge.  

Devin Brock Smith was present in court when Judge Mark DeCaria sentenced him to 15 years to life in state prison, the maximum term for such an offense. Smith will be given credit for time served in jail.

In return for his plea, the court dropped two charges: obstructing justice and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, both second-degree felonies. 

Smith entered his plea Jan. 23, taking responsibility for the May 6, 2016, shooting death of 29-year-old Miguel Angels Rios in Ogden. 

A number of statements from the victim’s family were read to the court. Many of the letters asked for DeCaria to impose the maximum sentence to Smith for his crimes. 

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Prior to sentencing, DeCaria thanked family members for their “profound statements” describing their grief in the wake of Rios’ death.

Smith’s attorney, Jason Widdison, talked about his life before the arrest. Widdison said Smith was born to two drug-addicted parents and joined a gang at 14. 

Smith chose not to speak during the hearing, instead having Widdison read a statement on his behalf. 

“I know what I did was wrong,” Widdison read. “I deserve all punishment that will be given to me.”

Prosecutor Letitia Toombs rebutted Widdison’s statement and said Smith has little remorse for what he has done. She pointed toward a statement made by Smith’s co-defendant Jeremy Moncada — who was charged with lesser crimes — as an example. 

Moncada told police after the shooting he was shocked at how “cold” Smith’s eyes were during the shooting. 

Toombs added that Smith shot Rios because he believed he was in a rival gang.

“Contrary to what you’ve heard, there’s no remorse,” Toombs said. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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