Stoneman charged with first degree murder |

Stoneman charged with first degree murder

Fourteen-year-old Eric Alan Stoneman will be tried as an adult in the alleged killing of Taylor DeMarco. Stoneman appeared in district court Wednesday morning where nine charges were filed against him, including first degree murder which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Vince Felletter also filed new charges against Stoneman. Besides first degree murder, Stoneman is now charged with manslaughter, first degree assault, menacing with a deadly weapon ” all felonies ” as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of a handgun by a juvenile, prohibited use of a weapon and discharge of that weapon, and resisting arrest.

“We believe the charges support it and it’s an appropriate charge at this time,” District Attorney Colleen Truden said of her decision to charge Stoneman as an adult at a press conference after the 8 a.m. hearing. “The aggravated circumstances and deliberate intent speak for themselves.”

If he had been charged as a juvenile, Stoneman would have faced a maximum sentence of seven years in jail for killing DeMarco. “Now ( with the first degree murder) it’s an automatic life sentence,” Felletter said.

The death penalty will be considered in this case. “The death penalty has not been an issue in Colorado for the last 70 or 80 years” for children under 16, Truden said.

Fourteen is the youngest age a child can be charged as an adult, Felletter said.

See tomorrow’s Post Independent for the complete story.

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