10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was a 5th grader who loved the color purple, her dog Bristle, dancing and cheerleading, among many other things.
Brief Summary of Jessica Ridgeway’s Legacy
In honor of the late Jessica Ridgeway our family started a foundation named Jessia Ridgeway’s Legacy, which supports animal and youth initiatives in her memory.
The Broomfield Community Foundation accepts the donations for Jessica Ridgeway’s Legacy through the Jessica Ridgeway Legacy Fund. Members of Jessica’s family help decide where funds will go. To donate, go to www.broomfieldfoundation.org/jessica-ridgeway-legacy-fund. For more information, call 303-469-7208. The Broomfield Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID# 84-1246756.
Brief Summary of Jessica’s Case
Jessica was kidnapped on her way to school on October 5, 2012. Her body was found five days later in a field in Arvada. Authorities say Jessica’s killer, then 17, confessed to the kidnapping and slaying. He was arrested October 23.
Jessica’s killer, who turned 18 in jail, was charged with 18 counts related to Jessica’s death, as well as an attack on a jogger at Ketner Lake over Memorial Day weekend in 2012. Five of those counts carry mandatory life sentences.
On November 19, 2013 Jessica’s killer was sentenced to Life + 86 years. Jessica’s killer will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Because he was 17 at the time of his crimes, he was not eligible for the death penalty.
Preliminary Hearing – February 22, 2013
Arraignment Rescheduled – March 12, 2013
Suspect Pleads “Not Guilty” – April 12, 2013
Jury selection began on September 20, 2013.
Trial was scheduled to start on October 3, 2013 and would have lasted approximately 3 weeks.
On October 1, 2013, two days before the trial would have started, Jessica’s killer plead Guilty to all charges.
There was NO plea deal.
On November 19, 2013 Jessica’s killer was sentenced to Life + 86 years* — Life in prison with parole eligibility after 40 years for murder + 48 years for kidnapping, 24 years to life for sexual assault on a child, 6 years for sexual exploitation of a child and 8 years for crimes related to the attack on a jogger at Ketner Lake. The judge ruled that the life sentence, plus 86 years should be served consecutively. This ensures Jessica’s killer will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
*Because Jessica’s killer was 17 at the time of his crimes, he was not eligible for the death penalty.