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Murder convict Puente’s sentences mean 22 years or more in prison

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jan 17, 2022

Keshaun Mykel Puente

OGDEN — A judge has sentenced Keshaun Puente to 16 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in an Ogden parking lot and ordered that the term be served consecutively to a previous rape conviction.

In the 24-year-old’s sentencing hearing Jan. 4, 2nd District Judge Jennifer Valencia sentenced Puente to the standard 15 years to life for first-degree murder, plus a one-year weapons enhancement. He also received terms of zero to five years on each of three felony discharge of a firearm charges. All those sentences are to be served concurrently.

But Valencia directed that the new prison terms be served consecutively to Puente’s conviction last August on a first-degree felony object rape charge. In that case, a jury found Puente guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a 2017 Halloween party. Valencia in November sentenced him to five years to life on that charge.

Puete next faced trial in December for the June 13, 2018, shooting of Denero Snider.

Puente took the stand, denying he shot the 23-year-old Snider and saying he saw “two or three other people” approach the victim before he heard arguing and shots.

Prosecutors alleged Puente argued with Snider in a lot in the 600 block of 23rd Street and shot him four times with a .40 caliber handgun, then jumped into a car driven by his 17-year-old girlfriend and the couple drove to Las Vegas.

In a final sentencing note, Valencia recommended that Puente receive credit for jail time already served, almost three years, and that he serve 22 years in prison before being considered for the possibility of parole.


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