Front Range teen gets 23 years for killing mother
BOULDER, Colorado ” A 16-year-old Lafayette girl was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison in the stabbing death of her mother, whose body was left the trunk of a car for nearly a month.
Tess Damm pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder and solicitation to commit second-degree murder in the February 2007 slaying of 52-year-old Linda Damm.
A judge ordered her to serve five years in the state juvenile system, until she turns 21, followed by 18 years in state prison.
Prosecutors said Tess Damm’s boyfriend at the time, Bryan Grove, killed Linda Damm after discussing it with Tess. Grove pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Police said Tess Damm had complained to friends that her mother was abusive and an alcoholic. Police found Linda Damm’s body in the trunk of her car at her home on Feb. 28, 2007, after receiving a tip.
An autopsy showed she had been stabbed 18 times in the neck.
Prosecutors said Grove and Tess Damm lived in Linda Damm’s home and used her debit card until they were arrested.
Jared Guy plead guilty last year to felony tampering for his role in attempting to dispose of Damm’s body. He was sentenced to six months of work release followed by six months of electronic surveillance and three years of probation.
Jared Smith was sentenced last year to two years in juvenile detention and six months of parole for helping put Damm’s body in the car.
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