CRIPPLE CREEK – After a hearing lasting more than three hours, a judge decided to delay the re-sentencing of 41-year-old Jacob Patrick Ind, the Woodland Park man who was convicted of killing his mother and stepfather back in 1992.
The judge in the case did not announce a date for when that will happen, but says she still has a lot to consider in this case.
Ind was 15 years old when prosecutors say he killed Pamela and Kermode Jordan. He was previously convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Ind pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder as part of a plea agreement. The sentencing range for the lesser charge of second-degree murder is 37-72 years in prison.
Ind was visibly crying when his father Charles Ind took the stand and spoke about his son “growing” up in jail at the age of 15. He’s now served 26 years in jail.
Jacob Ind’s wife, Denise, also offered her testimony and described Ind as “not perfect”, but “kind” and “smart.”
A prosecutor, however, called Pamela’s sister via Skype who said she was “a good mom” and denied any knowledge of abuse in the household.
This re-sentencing stems from the omission of alleged physical and sexual abuse towards Jacob Ind from his parents during his first trial.
Ind has said the killings were motivated by longstanding physical and sexual abuse.
Prosecutors says Ind had no reason to kill his parents other than “hating” them and cast doubt on Ind’s abuse claims since they came to light two years after the killing.
The defense team challenged this saying Ind coped with the trauma by remaining silent for many years.
One of the witnesses they called on included psychiatrist Dr. David Caster, who spoke to Ind back in 1994 and said in court he believes Ind dissociated himself from reality.
News 5 caught up with Ind moments after he left the court room and Ind said, “It would be nice to get something quicker, it can be extremely stressful,” adding, “I trust the judge.”
The defense team has already made their case for why Ind should be given the opportunity to be released from jail and have his time served counted towards the re-sentencing.
Ind was also the last person to speak, addressing the court for the first time since he was 16 years old.
He made an emotional appeal for how much he’s changed since, adding that back then, he “never knew reality and nothing was stable.”
The date for the re-sentencing is still pending but we will bring you the latest updates as we get them.