OGDEN -- His recent death led to the dismissal Wednesday of Mario Saucedo's pending charges for a plethora of offenses.
"My understanding is Mr. Saucedo is unfortunately deceased," Judge W. Brent West said in 2nd District Court. Prosecutors then dismissed the charges against the 23-year-old, who was found shot to death Sunday at a party at the west end of 46th South in Roy.
His former cases tend to underscore police suspicions that both Saucedo's death and the Aug. 31 shooting death of Robert Santos Soto, 26, in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue in Ogden may be the result of the gang lifestyle.
Because both cases are still under investigation, officers have not gone further than saying the unconnected cases are possibly gang-related. They are the first homicides reported in Weber County this year.
On Wednesday the judge cancelled Saucedo's November trial on charges including first-degree felony drug distribution and resisting arrest in a Feb. 15 incident in Ogden. Trailing the case are charges from another incident on Sept. 28 last year, in which Saucedo was charged with evading, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
He was also charged with violation of the city's Ogden Trece Injunction in both cases. The injunction in place since September 2010 bans Treces from associating in public and sets an 11 p.m. curfew for Ogden's oldest street gang.
Soto was only a month out of Utah State Prison when he was fatally shot. His release date was July 30, according to the state Board of Pardons.
In April 2012 he was sentenced to up to five years in prison on charges of drug possession and auto theft in Ogden and an assault in Farmington, according to court records.
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