A 21-year-old Layton man has been sentenced to five years to life in prison for the 1987 gunshot slaying of a Clearfield man.
John Fletcher Pendergrass, convicted of second-degree murder, also received a one-to-15 year prison term for felony theft.First District Judge Gordon Lowe also imposed a five-year enhancement of the sentence for the use of a firearm during the commission of the crimes. The sentences will be served concurrently, Lowe said.
Pendergrass was convicted in the shooting death of Ray D. Jenkins, whose body was found near the South Marina of Willard Bay in August 1987. Jenkins had been shot twice in the head.
Pendergrass also was convicted of stealing the victim's girlfriend's pickup truck after the killing.
In 1988, Pendergrass was previously found guilty of second-degree murder and felony theft in connection with the slaying but the conviction was overturned because the jury reviewed a police transcript and photographs of the victim that had not been entered into evidence during the trial. Subsequently, Pendergrass was granted a new trial.
Defense attorney Dale Dorius said Pendergrass had "no recollection of what happened that night."