COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — A jury has found Letecia Stauch guilty of murdering her stepson Gannon in 2020 and she has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stauch was found guilty of all charges related to murdering her stepson, 11-year-old Gannon, including first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree murder of a child under 12 years old by a person in a position of trust, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with physical evidence.
For each murder count, she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. These sentences will be merged, meaning they will be served at the same time.
Additionally, she was sentenced to 12 years for tampering with a deceased human body and 18 months for tampering with physical evidence. These will be served after her life sentence.
FOX31’s Nicole Fierro has been following this case from the beginning and has been monitoring the trial since it began. She was in court for the reading of the verdict.
On Jan. 27, 2020, Stauch called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and reported Gannon left their home near Colorado Springs and never returned. Investigators believe Stauch killed Gannon sometime after 2 p.m. that day.
Police arrested her on March 2, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They found Gannon’s body in Pace, Florida, on March 18.
In September of that year, Stauch underwent a psychiatric evaluation and in January 2021 she was found competent to stand trial. A judge determined there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial in September 2021 and in November Stauch entered a not guilty plea.
Stauch changed her plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in February 2022 and over the course of last year she underwent several additional mental health evaluations.
The trial began with jury selection in March and opening statements followed on April 3.
Dara Bitler contributed to this report.