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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 Vista  area). (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 Box 38074 Colorado Springs, Co 80937 or contact: 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 without parole.
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 LWOP. 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 mother. 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%
back to Parricide home back to Parricide home Some Cases of Parricide
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 admit. 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.