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Man Who Updated Facebook During Standoff Sentenced

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An Ogden man who updated his Facebook account during a 16-hour standoff with SWAT teams is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and weapons charges.

The Standard-Examiner reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/VAlSmN) that 38-year-old Jason Valdez has been sentenced to five years to life for attempted aggravated murder and one to 15 years for possession of a dangerous weapon.

An aggravated kidnapping charged against Valdez was dismissed.

In June 2011, Valdez barricaded himself in a motel with a female hostage after Ogden police tried to serve him with a felony drug warrant. Throughout the overnight standoff, he kept family and friends updated on Facebook.

When officers swarmed the room, Valdez shot himself in the chest with handgun.

The woman was unharmed.

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