A Garfield County teenager accused of first degree murder will be tried as an adult. 14–year–old Eric Stoneman faces a mandatory life sentence or the death penalty if convicted of killing his 9–year–old neighbor. Prosecuters say because of the nature of the crime, stoneman will face these very serious charges as an adult.
Stoneman faces nine different charges stemming from the July incident when he allegedly shot and killed 9–year–old Taylor DeMarco at a friends home in Parachute. The most serious charge is first degree murder.
In court Wednesday, the teenager was also charged with manslaughter and first degree menacing with a deadly weapon, both of which are felonies. Stoneman also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a hand gun by a juvenile and resisting arrest.
The incident happened July 20th at a Parachute home in the neighborhood where both kids lived. According to an search warrant affidavit the boys were hanging out with another friend when Stoneman and DeMarco began to bicker. Stoneman left the house, went home and returned with a .22 caliber hand gun which he held to his own head first, and then pointed it at and shot DeMarco.
The affidavit also states that earlier in the the day Stoneman had threatened to kill DeMarco and that Stoneman admitted to officers that he had shot the 9–year–old.
The Garfield County District Attorney's office will consider the death penalty in this case, however since 1976 there has only been one execution in Colorado.
Stoneman is scheduled to appear in district court again next month.
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