OGDEN — A South Ogden man convicted of murder earlier this year was sent to prison Tuesday by an Ogden judge.
Jonathan Francisco Delgado, 34, will spend at least the next 16 years in a state prison after a jury found Delgado guilty of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice after a week-long trial in September.
Delgado was convicted of shooting and killing Ogden resident Steven Snider. The shooting occurred on Dec. 30, 2016, and an autopsy revealed Snider was shot in the chest between two ribs. The bullet hit his aorta, which killed him within seconds, according to testimony from an assistant medical examiner.
Tuesday’s sentencing hearing lasted under a half hour, and Delgado was present in court for the hearing.
One of Delgado’s attorneys, Michael Bouwhuis, said early in the hearing that he understands the sentencing hearing is more of a formality, and the main thing to be determined during the hearing was whether Delgado’s charges would run concurrently or consecutively.
Judge Ernie Jones gave Delgado the chance to speak in court, to which he replied, “No, your honor.”
A handful of Snider’s family members addressed the court, expressing their grief.
One of Snider’s brothers said despite his brother’s demons, he always loved his family and had them as a source of strength. “We will keep him alive in our hearts,” he said.
Prosecutors argued for Delgado to receive consecutive sentences, and said Delgado has a past of deflecting responsibility throughout the case.
Jones ultimately decided that the two charges will run concurrently. Delgado was given 16 years to life in prison for the murder charge and a sentence of one to 15 years for the obstruction of justice charge. Delgado was also ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution.
Jones thanked Snider’s family members for their patience during the judicial process, with many of them attending every hearing and each day of the trial.
To Delgado, Jones said that although he denied he ever committed a crime, a jury rendered a verdict that said otherwise. Jones added that law enforcement officials who worked this case deserved praise for their efforts, saying that without finding a fingerprint on the handgun used in the killing, this case could have gone unsolved.
Delgado will be transferred from the Weber County Jail to the Utah Department of Corrections to serve his prison term.