Man gets 80 years for murdering former friend in Livermore

Bay City News
Monday, March 23, 2015

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- A 26-year-old man was sentenced today to 80 years to life in prison for murdering a former friend on a Livermore golf course in 2012 because of a dispute over money and a romantic rivalry, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Jacob Kober, a Livermore resident, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder last month for shooting 28-year-old Kenneth Robert Ogden on the night of Dec. 28, 2012.

Kober was sentenced this morning in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson and was also ordered to pay $6,200 in restitution, district attorney's office spokeswoman Rebecca Richardson said.

During the trial, prosecutors said Kober and Ogden were old friends who had a falling out late in 2012 because Ogden owed Kober money and Kober thought Ogden tried to kiss his girlfriend.

The two went to the Springtown Golf Course the night of the murder to talk things out, but once they walked out onto the lawn, Kober shot Ogden in the left arm and the right side, prosecutors said.

A woman jogging the next morning found Ogden's body lying in the grass along a fairway on the course.

Kober fled to Oakland and then Oregon to avoid arrest and allegedly sent threatening text messages to witnesses in the case. He was arrested in Oregon on Jan. 16, 2013, and was extradited to California to face the murder charge.