A third person of four charged in association with the brutal beating death of a West Jordan man was sentenced Monday to serve seven years to life in prison.
Ooleanui Kaine Salanoa, 26, was originally charged with murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in the kidnapping and beating Jay Wolfinjer, 32, and leaving him to die in a West Valley City shed.
Pailate Lomu, Fonua Kimoana and Tuusao Adele Ama each faced identical charges.
Wolfinjer was found alive but seriously injured on Oct. 9, 2008, in the shed. He had been wrapped in a sheet with his hands and feet tied, a shirt wrapped around his head and a chain around his waist. Wolfinjer died shortly after he was found.
Prosecutors say the four charged all played various roles in the death, and three of the four have accepted plea bargains.
Attorneys for Salanoa say he played a somewhat lesser role in the slaying. While he helped direct other gang members to the apartment of Wolfinjer, who was believed to have been involved in a drug deal that went bad, Salanoa did not take part in the beating.
Salanoa pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, and aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, as part of a plea bargain. He was sentenced by 3rd District Judge Paul Maughan to serve six years to life in prison on the aggravated burglary charge and up to one year in prison for the negligent homicide charge. The judge ordered that the two sentences be served consecutively.
Ama, 43, was sentenced to serve two to 15 years in prison for a reduced charge of manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and 10 years to life for aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. Maughan ordered that the sentences be served consecutively.
Lomu, 45, pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated kidnapping, both first-degree felonies. Lomu was sentenced to serve two 15-years-to-life prison sentences to run concurrently.
Kimoana pleaded not guilty to all four charges in April. A jury trial in that case is set to begin April 27, 2010.
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