Man found guilty in Ogden fatal drive-by shooting

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- An Ogden jury has found a man guilty of two counts of aggravated murder in the gang-related shooting deaths of two people in 2007.

The jury took just over two hours to find 22-year-old Riqo Perea guilty. Perea also was convicted of two counts of first-degree felony attempted murder.

Perea was accused in an Aug. 5, 2007, shooting at a wedding party. Two people, 22-year-old Sabrina Prieto and 29-year-old Resendo Nava Nevarez, died and two were injured in a northern Ogden neighborhood.

Prosecutors announced earlier this month that they would not seek the death penalty in the case. On Tuesday Deputy Weber County Attorney Gary Heward called the decision one based on facts and evidence.

Perea's lead public defender, Randy Richards, says he plans an appeal of the verdict.

Sentencing is May 27. Perea could face up to life in prison.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

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