Man who fatally beat grandfather sentenced to 72 years

AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora man found guilty of beating his 84-year-old grandfather to death during an argument that started over what to have for to dinner has been sentenced to 72 years in prison, the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Arapahoe District Judge Phillip Douglass sentenced Jason Vanbommel, 34, after a jury in April found him guilty of reckless manslaughter and first-degree assault of an at-risk adult, among other charges.

Vanbommel was also found to be a habitual offender, which enhanced the sentence.

“The Vanbommels were an American success story. They came from difficult circumstances and created a home for themselves in this great country,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Sugioka told the court.

For Frans Vanbommel “to be be repaid with this ferocity and hatred is inconceivable.”

Douglass noted the defendant had shown no remorse during the trial and showed only spite during his sentencing hearing.

“This horrific crime … all because your grandfather told you not to yell at your grandmother,” Douglass told Vanbommel. “There is not room in a civilized society for those who would think this is acceptable.”

On Dec. 29, 2015, Vanbommel’s grandmother was preparing dinner. Vanbommel argued with her over the shrimp she planned to prepare.

Frans Vanbommel, 84, interceded and told Jason Vanbommel to be respectful of his grandmother. Jason Vanbommel flew into a rage, throwing things and yelling profanities, prosecutors said.

When Frans Vanbommel tried to use the phone to call 911, Jason Vanbommel began punching his grandfather in the head with full-strength blows.

When Frans Vanbommel fell to the floor, Jason Vanbommel kicked him in the torso, fracturing his ribs. Jason Vanbommel left the home; police were called and responded to the scene.

The condition of Frans Vanbommel deteriorated. He was admitted to a hospital and died Jan. 6, 2016, from injuries inflicted by Jason Vanbommel.

“Unfortunately, all too often our seniors our abused by those closest to them,” District Attorney George Brauchler said. “This was an especially egregious case, and this defendant who victimized his grandfather is going where he deserves to be: in prison for a very long time.”