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Utah church shooter gets 4 years to life term

OGDEN, Utah — A Utah man who entered a Father’s Day Mass hand-in-hand with his wife then shot her father in the head seconds later was sentenced Thursday to four years to life in prison for attempted murder.

James Evans, who survived the shooting at an Ogden church, spoke at the hearing Thursday and asked the judge to send Charles Richard Jennings Jr. to prison for as long as the law allows.

Judge W. Brent West told Jennings what he did was horrendous, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. ‘‘You shook the foundation of our entire community,’’ West said.

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Jennings, 36, agreed to a plea deal in November, pleading guilty and mentally ill to charges of attempted murder and aggravated burglary. His attorney said Jennings was having a psychotic episode on the day of the shooting.

Associated Press