BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty as a juvenile to stabbing a fellow student at Aspen Creek K-8 School in April was to 50 months in a youth corrections facility, the District Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial District said Wednesday.
The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, stabbed a 14-year-old girl in the back on the playground at Aspen Creek K-8 School on April 30. The victim was flown to Children’s Hospital and survived.
The teen pleaded guilty to first-degree assault causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon on an at-risk victim, a Class 2 felony, and to aggravated juvenile offender, a sentencing enhancer. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he faced a sentence of three to five years in the Division of Youth Corrections.
“What you did here is absolutely horrendous,” Broomfield County District Judge Edward Moss said.
At a hearing in May, Judge Francis Wasserman denied a request for bond for the boy instead of releasing him to his family, saying he posed a risk to the community because of his record of fighting at school. He also might have created a “kill list” found by police that included several names, including the name of the 14-year-old stabbing victim.
“This is a tragic case,” Deputy District Attorney Alex Baker told the judge at the sentencing hearing.
He said the victim was stabbed at her school, where she thought she would be safe, and is still suffering from the physical and emotional effects of her injuries.
“This was a monstrous act,” he said.
Baker noted that after the boy had stabbed the victim and was tackled by fellow students, he told them, “Let me go. I’m going to kill her.”
Baker said the attack shook the community and the resolution of the case was crafted to protect the community and to get the boy the therapy he needs to address long-standing underlying issues that led to his behavior.
He said the victim and her family fully support the plea agreement and stipulated sentence.
District Attorney Dave Young said the plea agreement reflected the offender’s age and his mental health issues. He said the boy might have been charged as an adult if he were at least 16 years old at the time of the stabbing.
“This was a serious offense,” Young said. “Under the circumstances of this case, this is an appropriate sentence for this respondent due to the fact that he was 14 at the time this crime was committed. Not only is this in the best interest of the child, who will be in a facility where he will get the treatment he needs, but it also protects the community.”