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A 34-year-old Utah man was sentenced to prison for up to life on Tuesday for fatally shooting a perceived romantic rival in Kearns in 2014.

Douglas Dwayne Evans was convicted by a jury on February of first-degree felony counts of murder and aggravated burglary for the death of 49-year-old Theodore "Ted" Kelbach on May 31, 2014.

Evans also was convicted of second-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, which was related to Evans' 2004 conviction for disarming a police officer.

On Tuesday, 3rd District Judge Ann Boyden sentenced Evans to 16 years to life on the murder count, and ordered concurrent terms of five-years-to-life and one-year-to-life on the other two counts.

Prosecutors said at trial that Evans went to Kelbach's home at 5446 S. Nez Perce Drive (5080 West), under the belief that Kelbach had slept with a woman he knew.

There was a woman at Kelbach's home that night, but it was not the person Evans suspected of being with Kelbach, according to trial testimony.

When Kelbach answered a knock on the door, Evans shot him through the eye at close range, and he died soon after.

Charging documents say detectives later learned from a female acquaintance of Evans' that he "suspected [her] of infidelity with Mr. Kelbach."

Prosecutors said investigators found texts from the day of the shooting in which Evans accused that acquaintance of cheating on him with Kelbach and threatening violence with a gun.

Prosecutors also said they have DNA evidence from a red hat left at the scene that matches Evans, and phone data that links him to the area around the time of Kelbach's death.

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