Guilty plea entered in 2011 standoff

Feb 16 2013 - 11:25pm


OGDEN -- An Ogden man who posted real-time Facebook updates about his 2011 standoff with SWAT officers has pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

An aggravated kidnapping charge was dismissed against Jason Valdez, 38. He received concurrent sentences in Utah State Prison of five years to life for the attempted aggravated murder conviction and one to 15 years for the possession of a dangerous weapon conviction.

In the 16-hour standoff that began June 18, 2011, Veronica Jensen appeared on Facebook with Valdez, who was her accused captor.

Valdez shot himself in the chest after firing at officers who stormed his motel room in the Western Colony Inn to end the ordeal. Jensen was unharmed.

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