Tess Damm, the Lafayette teen convicted of helping to kill her mother more than three years ago, will remain an inmate at a juvenile corrections facility rather than being transferred to an adult prison, a judge ruled this afternoon.
Boulder County District Judge James Klein concluded that state officials did not sufficently demonstrate that Damm was no longer benefiting from the programs offered at the youth corrections facility in which she is housed.
The ruling, which happened behind locked doors at a hearing that was not open to the public, was confirmed by Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office recently requested to transfer Damm to an adult facility in part because she allegedly hatched a plan to strangle a guard as part of an attempt to escape.
The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office objected to a transfer because it believed that doing so would shorten the amount of time Damm will have to serve on her sentence.
Damm was sentenced in 2008 to 23 years in prison – with the first five to be served in a juvenile facility – for her role in helping her boyfriend, Bryan Grove, murder her mother, Linda Damm, in her Lafayette home in February 2007.
She was 15 at the time of her mother’s murder.
Garnett declined to say anything further about Tuesday’s hearing because of Klein’s order to close it to the public and the media on the grounds that Damm has the right to keep discussion and testimony about her clinical and therapeutic evaluations private.
Klein, in denying the Camera’s request Tuesday to open the proceedings, called the hearing a “juvenile matter” that is governed by the “Children’s Code” under Colorado state law.
It’s not clear why the court considers Damm a juvenile when she turned 18 last summer.
And a little girl trying to strangle a guard with a shoelace? Might as well have been a piece of spaghetti! Come on! Did she really think that would work?? LOL Go back to kindergarten honey!! Opps! Sorry!! You can’t!! LOL