Teens avoid prison in 2009 stabbing, beating
Two teenagers who repeatedly stabbed and beat a man on Orchard Mesa in 2009 could avoid prison time.
District Judge Valerie Robison on Wednesday sentenced Jason Ingram, 19, and Jesus Barrera, 18, to serve six years in the Department of Corrections’ Youthful Offender System, a boot-camp style alterative to prison.
The judge also handed down suspended prison sentences of 22 years for Ingram and 21 years for Barrera. They will serve those sentences they land in more trouble while incarcerated in the youth program.
The District Attorney’s Office dropped remaining charges, including attempted murder, after both pleaded guilty to counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury.
The victim in the case, Christopher Langford, 21, survived the assault but later died from an unrelated cause.
Grand Junction police launched an investigation after a wounded Langford was found collapsed in the driveway of a home in the 400 block of Chert Drive on the morning of Jan. 7, 2009. Langford told a woman who walked out of her garage around 6:30 a.m. that he’d been stabbed.
Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Savage said Ingram, Barrera and Langford had been at a party that broke up in the early hours of Jan. 7. They were walking together in a field near D 1/2 Road when, investigators believe, Langford was repeatedly stabbed, punched and beaten with a baseball bat.
Among other injuries, Langford suffered a punctured lung.
Savage said Ingram and Barrera admitted to being at the scene, but denied stabbing Langford.
“They continue to blame each other,” the prosecutor said.
Savage said the only apparent motive for the assault was Ingram and Barrera’s belief that Langford had been flirting at the party with a girl who was dating a cousin of one of the suspects.