Utah man gets probation in plea deal after drive-by shooting

April 7, 2021 GMT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Salt Lake City man to three suspended jail terms and three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to felony firearm charges in a drive-by shooting in December.

Judge Reuben Renstrom sentenced Alberto Delgado, 26, on Tuesday up to five years in prison on each of the three charges of third-degree felony discharge of a firearm, The Standard-Examiner reported.

Renstrom suspended the sentences and placed Delgado on three years of probation after he agreed to a plea deal. Under the agreement, the Weber County attorney’s office dropped six other charges, including four more firearm discharge counts and two counts of third-degree felony obstruction of justice.

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Police said Delgado, who was a passenger in a pickup truck, fired seven shots on Dec. 6 around 1:40 a.m. at a house about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City. No one was hit by the gunfire.

Delgado was arrested about three hours later after investigators retrieved three shell casings from the scene.

“He has accepted responsibility and straight up admitted his behavior,” his defense attorney Danny Quintana said. Delgado “surrounded himself with the wrong people. He has learned an expensive lesson from this.”

Prosecutors said multiple charges are pending against the suspected driver of the vehicle and include failure to stop for and interfering with police, assault by a prisoner, and two third-degree felony drug possession counts.