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Utahn admits shooting, killing man in Ogden after smoking meth

An Ogden man has pleaded guilty to murder in connection with the 2019 shooting death of a man outside a grocery store in Ogden.

An Ogden man has pleaded guilty to murder in connection with the 2019 shooting death of a man outside a grocery store in Ogden. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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OGDEN — An Ogden man has admitted to shooting and killing another man outside an Ogden grocery store in 2019.

Everardo Guadarrama-Garcia, 26, pleaded guilty as charged last month to murder, a first-degree felony. A copy of Guadarrama-Garcia's plea agreement indicates he faces a potential sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Guadarrama-Garcia was initially charged with murder and several other charges, including obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and aggravated assault and possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, third-degree felonies. The second- and third-degree felonies were dismissed by prosecutors as part of Guadarrama-Garcia's plea deal.

Guadarrama-Garcia pleaded guilty to the murder of Mauricio Hernandez Olmedo, 24, who was shot multiple times outside an Ogden grocery store on the night of May 18, 2019.

Just before midnight, police were sent to Super Groceries, 511 31st St. in Ogden. When officers arrived they found Hernandez Olmedo lying dead outside the store. He was shot three times, according to police. Investigators found spent .45-caliber shell casings at the scene.

Police were later sent around the corner from the grocery store to a home, where a witness told police that the shooting suspect ran, according to the plea deal. Officers surrounded the home and called for the shooter to surrender. The owner of the home walked out and said the suspect was in the basement. Guadarrama-Garcia later exited the home.

The plea agreement confirmed that police heard Guadarrama-Garcia say, "lo hice," when he was being taken into custody, which translates to "I did it" in Spanish. An officer asked him what he did, and Guadarrama-Garcia said "lo mate," which means, "I killed him." Guadarrama-Garcia later told police he killed "Mauricio."

Guadarrama-Garcia told police that he shot the man, and that he hid the gun in the ceiling of the home where the drywall was cut out, according to charging documents. Police later found the .45 caliber handgun in the spot Guadarrama-Garcia described. He also told police that he smoked methamphetamine earlier in the night, the court documents state.

Guadarrama-Garcia was formally charged on May 20 and has remained in the custody of the Weber County Jail since his arrest.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 31.

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Jacob Scholl joined as a reporter in 2021. He covers northern Utah communities, federal courts and technology.


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