PROVO — The getaway driver in a gang-related robbery that left one man dead was sentenced Wednesday to jail.
Jerry Otis Hawley, 34, of Eagle Mountain, was ordered to serve one year in jail for attempted negligent homicide, reduced from a third-degree felony to a class A misdemeanor. He was given credit for time he has already served, about 160 days according to his attorney, James Wright.
Two sentences of one-to-15 years in prison, for second-degree felonies of burglary and robbery, were suspended while Hawley completes 36 months of probation.
The alleged gunman in the shooting, Jesse William Gourdin, who turned 22 this month, is charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony carrying a potential death sentence, and other charges related to the robbery.
Two others accused in Ramirez's death — Brayden Kenneth Marshall, 19, and Maria Guadalupe Hernandez, who turns 19 next week — are charged with murder.
Gourdin, Marshall and Hernandez all face additional charges. Several of the charges against the group are enhanced because of gang involvement, court documents indicate.
According to police, the group went to Ramirez's home, 71 N. 400 West, on March 13 to take a metal box full of cash and recover a backpack that Hernandez said belonged to her. Charging documents say Hawley drove the group to the house, then waited in the car with Hernandez.
Wearing bandanas over their faces, Gourdin and Marshall tried unsuccessfully to enter the home through the front door before breaking in at another door, charges state.
Once the door was open, Gourdin rushed in shooting, police said.
After the shooting, Hawley drove the group back to Marshall's home, the charges say. Ramirez's girlfriend took him to Utah Valley Hospital, where he was later declared dead.
As part of his deal with prosecutors, Hawley agreed to testify against the other three individuals in the case.
A preliminary hearing for Gourdin, Marshall and Hernandez is scheduled Oct. 26-27.