Killer of Magna mother to serve 36-plus years in prison

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)  – Steven Arceo had had enough.

After listening for 90 minutes during the sentencing of Jason Black who murdered his wife, he broke his silence.

“(Expletive) you,” shouted Arceo.

Black was apologizing prior to his sentence. 

“I can never express how sorry I am,” Black said.  “To Natalia’s (Casagrande) parents, I am sorry for taking your daughter away.  To Steven, I am sorry for taking your wife.”

Arceo continued his expletive filled outburst as he was taken out of the courtroom.

Black pleaded guilty to five felony counts including aggravated murder.  In 2016,  Casagrande was found murdered in her Magna home.  Prosecutors said Black came to the home to buy marijuana when an argument broke out. 

Casagrande was shot and Black put a pillow over her 3-year-old daughter’s head to suffocate her.  The daughter survived and told her Arceo who arrived home that Black killed her mother.

Black’s attorney asked the judge to consider concurrent sentences for each of the crimes instead of having them run consecutively. Mike Peterson said Black took responsibility from the outset. 

“He was planning to turn himself in, he asked for an attorney,” Peterson told the judge.

But police found Black at his parent’s house and a shots were fired Black was then taken into custody.

“They were home alone (and) law enforcement was at the door,” Peterson said.  “They removed the father from the home. 

He said Black had taken cold medicine and was sedated.  “To this day, he says he did a ‘terrible, terrible unforgivable thing, please help me.’”

But Judge Adam Mow told Black “you brutally murdered her.”

“You took away her daughter (Natalia’s mother), “ Judge Mow said.  “You stole Steven’s love.”

Judge Mow handed Black consecutive sentences for the five counts he was charged with.  In all, he’ll serve a minimum of 36 years to life in prison.

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