Teen Gets Prison for Mom's Murder
The teenage girl who pleaded guilty to assisting in her mother's murder was sentenced to more than two decades behind bars on Monday.
Tess Damm, 16, pleaded guilty to helping plan the killing of her 52-year-old mother, Linda Damm. Linda Damm's body was found in the back of her car on Feb. 28, 2007. Police say she had been dead for several weeks. A Boulder County judge sentenced Tess Damm to an 18-year-prison term, set to begin when she turns 21 years old. Up until then, she will serve a 5-year sentence in the Department of Youth Corrections - a total of 23 years behind bars. If Tess serves her entire sentence, she would be released at age 39. The 5-year youth sentence was the maximum allowed under her plea deal. The 18-year sentence in the Department of Corrections was 2 years less than the maximum sentence she could have received. Tess was quiet during the sentencing and sobbed lightly during most of the hour and a half long hearing. Family members of Linda Damm say they were comfortable with the sentence. Tess had previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and was scheduled to go on trial this month. On March 3, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, as a juvenile, and to solicitation to commit second-degree murder, as an adult. Tess' boyfriend, Bryan Grove, 18, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Grove had also been charged with first-degree murder, but prosecutors reduced the charge in exchange for his guilty plea last November. He would be eligible for parole after 30 years. Investigators say Tess Damm had complained to police that her mother was an abusive alcoholic and that she asked Grove to kill her. Police said the teens tried twice to get rid of her body but failed. They were planning a third attempt when they were arrested, police said. A third teen pleaded guilty to an accessory charge for helping put the body in the car and was sentenced to two years in youth corrections and six months of parole. A fourth teen pleaded guilty to tampering, for helping others try to dispose of the body. He was sentenced to six months of work release, six months of electronic surveillance and three years of probation.
Wow. All I can say is wow. This girl could have went to the social services to tell them that her mom was an abusive alcoholic. Obviously if you tell the police the first time and they don't do anything, they won't do anything the second time you tell them. People these days I swear, half of them should be wiped off the earth!!!! What do you think about this situation?