JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The first of four people who pleaded guilty to a home invasion in Golden in May was sentenced in a Jefferson County courthouse on Thursday.
Cody Jones, 20, was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
The victims, Jesse and Jessica Swift, delivered heartbreaking testimony in the courtroom as they described the devastating impact it has had on every aspect of their lives.
“It’s unimaginable, the ripple effect,” Jesse Swift said. “It’s like an atomic bomb going off in your life.”
The middle school teachers were relaxing with their two little children at their home on May 16 when three masked men armed with weapons burst in and began attacking them.
The Golden Police Department said they targeted the wrong residence, as they mistakenly thought they were going to a drug house they planned to rob.
“I’ve been involved in the criminal justice system for over 35 years and have dealt with a lot of victims, but the kind of trauma the Swifts endured in this case and the lingering effects rank up there as probably one of the most traumatic experiences that I’ve witnessed as a prosecutor,” First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir said.
Chilling details of that night were presented in court Thursday, including how Jesse Swift ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife to defend his family.
He was stabbed repeatedly and was severely injured for which prosecutors called him a hero.
“I think anybody that has a wife and children would have done what I have done,” he said.
Nine months later, the Swifts testified at the sentencing that will send Jones to prison for decades.
“We are excited to move on and continue on with our lives and move on to the next thing,” Jessica Swift said after the sentencing.
The Swifts will have to testify again as three other people involved in the case have yet to be sentenced.
Caleb Williams, 21, will be sentenced on March 10. Julia Johnson, 19, will be sentenced on March 16. And Tyler Gorringe, 18, will be sentenced on April 28.