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ST. GEORGE — The man convicted of the aggravated attempted murder of another man, who was severely beaten and robbed in April 2018, appeared for sentencing in 5th District Court last week — when the judge ultimately rejected an 18-page brief to suspend sentencing that was filed by the defense attorney the previous day.
On Nov. 22, Kade Robert Shearer, 25, appeared for sentencing after a jury found him guilty of first-degree felony aggravated attempted murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, along with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, and misdemeanor tampering with evidence, threat of violence.
The five-day trial was held in December 2019. And after the verdict, District Judge Eric A. Ludlow said the sentencing hearing would be scheduled once the presentence report was provided to the court.
That hearing would be delayed for nearly three years, when four months later the court was closed to all in-person proceedings and Shearer remained in jail waiting until the court was reopened for in-person appearances to allow the defendant to be sentenced in person. The defendant then changed attorneys twice and a series of postponements were filed by both sides in the case.