Ogden man pleads guilty to fatally shooting girlfriend’s ex-husband
OGDEN — Close to the eve of his trial, 26-year-old Everardo Guadarrama-Garcia has agreed to a plea bargain in the fatal ambush shooting of his girlfriend’s ex-husband.
Charging documents and preliminary hearing testimony said Guadarrama-Garcia walked up to a convenience store in the 500 block of 31st Street just before midnight on May 18, 2019, and shot Mauricio Alejandro Hernandez in the head, neck, chest and lower abdomen.
“I killed your husband,” Guadarrama-Garcia allegedly said in a text message to Hernandez’s ex-wife. The woman told police she dated Guadarrama-Garcia after her relationship with Hernandez ended.
Police said they found a .45 caliber pistol in Guadarrama-Garcia’s residence. They said he admitted to shooting the 24-year-old Hernandez and added that he had smoked methamphetamine that evening.
Guadarrama-Garcia had been scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree felony obstructing justice and third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault and use of a firearm by a restricted person. But according to court records, his attorney filed papers on April 19 outlining a plea bargain: He pleaded guilty to the murder charge and the other charges were dropped.
The assault charge stemmed from an allegation that after shooting Hernandez, Guadarrama-Garcia ran up to a man standing nearby and pointed the gun at him. Police said that man had accompanied Hernandez to the store.
Second District Judge Noel Hyde set sentencing for May 31. Under state law, the usual penalty for first-degree murder is 15 years to life in prison.