Ogden man sentenced to 4 years of probation in shooting death of teen
OGDEN — The Ogden man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teen last year has been sentenced to four years’ probation in the case.
Zedekiah Pool, 19, who pleaded guilty last October to second-degree felony manslaughter in the May 5, 2022, death of the 15-year-old, was also sentenced to 363 days of jail, with credit for the 354 days he had already served when sentenced on April 25. He faces an underlying prison sentence of one to 15 years, suspended pending successful completion of probation, which has several provisions.
Pool was loading and unloading a 9 mm handgun when it went off, hitting the victim in the neck, according to original charging documents. “It appears the defendant did not knowingly point the firearm at (the teen) and did not knowingly pull the firearm’s trigger,” police said in charging papers last year.
Pool’s plea in the case, guilty and mentally ill, prompted an order for an evaluation of the man, 18 when the incident occurred, by the Utah State Hospital prior to sentencing. That evaluation, including the recommendations it contains, is not a public document.
Pool must also complete 80 hours of community service, per the sentence handed down by Judge Noel Hyde in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. He also has to complete a substance abuse evaluation and complete any treatment deemed necessary, among other provisions.
Prosecutors also initially charged Pool with possessing clandestine laboratory precursors and equipment, a second-degree felony, and possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony. Those two charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain.