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Man pleads guilty to shooting wife’s dad at church

SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of shooting his wife’s father during a Roman Catholic Mass in Ogden has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other charges and claimed he was having a psychotic episode during the attack.

Charles Richard Jennings Jr. could end up at the Utah State Hospital for rehabilitation, his public defender said Tuesday. Prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated robbery when Jennings accepted a plea deal.

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Jennings, 36, faces up to life in state custody when he is sentenced Jan. 23 on charges of attempted murder, aggravated burglary, and a firearms violation. Jennings pleaded guilty and mentally ill, allowing him under state law to be sent first to the state psychiatric center. If he is successfully rehabilitated there, he will be returned to prison to serve out his sentences.

The defendant’s lawyer, Michael Bouwhuis, discounted early police reports that Jennings shot his father because he was feeling ‘‘disrespected.’’

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