A JUVENILE JUSTICE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION
Because All Kids Deserve a Second Chance
SENTENCES OF OTHER COLORADO TEENS WHO KILLED A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT
(Two teens who received life sentences are highlighted to the right in red.)
(Note that an adult child who kills a parent gets a lower sentence than a teen. Two such cases are
highlighted on the right in blue)
(2011) Burlington 12-year-old Accused of killing two parents and wounding two siblings.
Charged as a juvenile.
(2011) Fourteen-year-old John Caudle shot his mother and step-father to death after a lifetime
of abuse at the hands of the mother. John received 22 years in the adult prison system. (Monte
(2010) 16-year-old Colorado Springs girl prosecuted in the fatal shooting of a man accused of
sexually assaulting her. (Family member?) Prosecutors accepted a guilty plea of manslaughter.
The case remained in juvenile court, where the girl faces two years of probation plus
counseling when she is sentenced on May 25, 2011.
(2007) Tess Damm, 15, and accomplice Bryan Grove,17, stabbed Damm’s alcoholic, abusive
mother to death. Tess Damm pled to 23 years. Grove plea bargained to 40 years.
(2005) Christopher Paul killed his grandmother by shooting her in the head on April 26,2004.
Pled guilty to reckless manslaughter. Originally charged as an adult with first-degree murder,
but prosecutors decided a jury would likely have convicted him of reckless manslaughter.
Sentenced to YOS for -5 years. Received early release in 2007. Colorado Springs judge
Barney Iuppa stated, “If society demands a pound of flesh for the crime Chris Paul committed,
I’m satisfied that pound of flesh has been delivered.”
(2004) Michael Fitzgerald, 16, killed his father. Pled to 62 years. Sent to a mental hospital.
Accomplice juvenile Michael Tate received JLWOP though Jeffco DA could have tried him under
2006 law sentencing him to 40 years.
(2004) Staci Lynn Davis, 13, pleaded guilty to shooting her mother to death at the Arapahoe
Park Racetrack. She was sentenced to seven years in the
state youth corrections system.
(1999) John Engel, 14, convicted in the deaths of his mother and grandmother in the family's
Longmont home on Dec. 11, 1999.
Received 32 years, released after 8. A Boulder County judge reconsidered his sentence in
2008 and gave Engel a chance to finish his time in a community-based correctional program.
Engel violated the terms of his new sentence, however, and was sent back to prison last year
for 25 years.
(1999) Jason Spivey, 17, faced life in prison if convicted in the sexual assault and death of his
grandmother in her Denver home. He allegedly confessed to strangling his grandmother and
stabbing her dog. Received 48 years. Is eligible for parole in 2020.
(1998) Leon Gladwell, then 17, is serving a 40-year prison sentence for beating his
grandmother to death with a tire iron in Boulder in January 1998. Est. parole date 2017.
(1994) Jenna Smythe, then 19, is serving 30 years in prison for conspiring with two adults to
stab her mother and a 15-year-old runaway to death in Smythe's Arapahoe County apartment
in 1994. (No longer in DOC data base.)
(1988) Charles Limbrick, 15, killed his mother in Colorado Springs. Sentenced in 1999 to life
for first-degree murder. (Sentence of 40 years) Received a limited commutation and was
eligible for parole in December 2016, 12 years earlier than before the grant. Received second
commutation in 2010 by Governor Ritter and was released in July, 2011.
(1987) Richard Mijares, 17, killed his mother, covered her with rocks and buried her in a
secluded area. Then reported her missing. conviction for second degree murder. Released to
community corrections in 2004.
(1986) Herman Douglas French Jr., then 14, choked, beat, shot and stabbed his mother to
death in her Broomfield apartment. He remains on probation until 2007.
(1986) Larry Long Jr., then 18, stabbed his parents and a 17-year-old brother to death in their
sleep in Longmont. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 48 years
in prison, with no chance of parole before before 2010. “On Easter morning, 1986, Larry, then
age 18, woke up and stabbed his younger brother Ronald 'Randy' Long, and both his parents
Leroy and Carol Ann to death.Randy attended Skyline High School. Randy, in fact, had just
turned 17. There was no reason given at the time of the arrest, he pled guilty and in December
that year was sentenced to a mere 48 years. Unfortunately, he is being allowed a second
parole hearing in November 2012, his first was in 2004.” From a victim.
(1983) Ross Michael Carlson, then 19, shot and killed his parents execution-style on a dirt
road in Douglas County in 1983. His lawyers claimed he suffered from multiple-personality
disorder. It took six years before the courts declared him competent to stand trial. He died of
leukemia before trial.
(1983) Michael Shane Wilkerson, then 14, beat and stabbed his mother in their Aurora home,
then drowned her in the bathtub, in 1983. Relatives told investigators the woman ignored,
belittled, neglected and humiliated her son. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and
was sentenced to two to four years in a youth treatment facility in Denver.
(1964) William James Bresnahan Jr., then 16, stabbed and beat his parents to death during a
summer camping trip in Summit County in 1964. He confessed and served more than 10 years
in prison before then-Gov. Dick Lamm commuted his sentence in 1977. Former Gov. Roy
Romer pardoned Bresnahan in 1987. Bresnahan became a doctor in California and last year
tried, but failed, to win medical privileges in Denver.
We have no statistics on youth who killed their parents and were sent to the Closed
Adolescent Treatment Center, which closed in 1993, though we know of at least three. Since
they were charged as juveniles, records are sealed.
1991 quote from Jackie Robards, therapist at CAT House. “Of the 17 youths who have been
paroled over the last 8 years, I don’t know of any who have hurt another person.”
(2009) Jeremiah Raymond Berry, 22 pled
guilty to manslaughter after shooting his 42-
year-old father, Jack Berry, in the head,
dismembering his corpse and feeding
pieces to the coyotes. Father had been
sexually abusing him. He will spend three
years in prison and 10 years of intensive
supervised probation after his release.
(2003) Thomas Martinez, 38, doused his
father with kerosene and set him ablaze
with a cigarette lighter. Ernest Montoya, 58,
died several weeks after the 2003 incident
during his birthday party. Martinez pled
guilty to second-degree murder; faced at
least 16 years in prison with the possibility
of parole in five years.
(1998) Nathan Ybanez, then 17, is
serving a life sentence without parole for
beating his mother to death with a
fireplace tool and strangling her in her
Douglas County apartment in June 1998.
(1992) Jacob Ind, then 15, is serving
two life sentences without possibility of
parole for killing his abusive mother and
stepfather in their Woodland Park home.
Mary Ellen Johnson, Executive Director of the
Pendulum Foundation, has written a book
detailing Jacob’s tragic life.
To receive a copy of THE MURDER OF
JACOB, signed by the author, please send
$30.00 plus $4.95 shipping/handling to:
Mary Ellen Johnson
Colorado Springs, Co
Mary Ellen via email
About the Two CO Teens Who
Received Life Sentences
History: Colorado has 2 teens, Nathan Ybanez
and Jacob Ind, who are serving life without
parole (LWOP) for killing their abusers.
Nathan Ybanez’s co-defendant, Erik Jensen, did
not participate in the killing of Nathan’s mother,
but also received a life without parole sentence.
Jacob Ind’s co-defendant, Gabrial Adams,
initiated and fully participated in the killings.
Adams, who is severely mentally ill, received life
Before 1991, a life sentence was not defined
as life without parole. Historically over the past
30 years, life meant 10, 20, 40 and then
Governor Richard Lamm pardoned a teen,
Michael Bresnahan, who killed his parents.
Bresnahan became a doctor.
Governor Romer commuted the sentences of
4 battered women.
Governor Owens granted a limited
commutation to Charles Limbrick, who
received a 40 to life sentence for killing his
Governor Ritter, who created Colorado’s
juvenile clemency board at the urging of The
Pendulum Foundation, D.A. Dave Thomas,
and Rep. Cheri Jahn, has denied all juvenile
commutations and pardons.
Ridder-Braden/2005 POLLING QUESTION REGARDING COMMUTING SENTENCES FOR COLORADO TEENS
When applying for clemency from the Governor, should a juvenile who kills a parent but is shown to have been
molested by the parent be treated the same as other applicants, or given more lenient treatment?
Total Favor = 92% Don’t know or Not Applicable = 8%
There have been so many cases of Parricide it is
almost impossible to comprehend. But it is more
common among our youth than most experts want to
But in most cases, the reasons behind these crimes
involve abuse, either physical or sexual, as well as
mental bullying and in some cases all of the above.