Jared Smith
Jared Smith


One of four teenagers convicted in the 2007 stabbing death of Lafayette mother Linda Damm has served his two years in the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections and is due to be released April 4.

Jared Smith, 18, was convicted as a juvenile of being an accessory after the crime and was sentenced in April 2007 to serve two years in juvenile prison, followed by six months of parole. He appeared Monday before a parole board, which set the conditions of his release, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said.

Garnett couldn’t confirm those conditions Monday, and state officials didn’t return several phone calls. But Damm’s sister, Helen Gardner, said she understands Smith will have to wear an ankle bracelet and be monitored by GPS — a condition the family had pushed for.

“I am pleased,” she said. “There is nothing more they could have given us.”

Smith was arrested Feb. 28, 2007, along with Linda Damm’s then-15-year-old daughter, Tess Damm, and the girl’s boyfriend, Bryan Grove, then 17. Police said the three talked about killing Damm at IHOP one night, then returned to her 705 W. Brome Place home, where Grove stabbed the 52-year-old woman to death while Smith and Tess Damm drove around.

Afterward, Smith helped wrap Damm’s body in blankets and put it in the back of her Subaru in the garage, where it was discovered weeks later.

Smith, who told officer he closed his eyes as he helped, was the first of the four teens to be sentenced in the case.

Jared Guy, who was arrested a few days after the others, was sentenced to work-release in September 2007 after pleading guilty to felony tampering for helping attempt to bury Damm’s body. Guy, who was 18 at the time of the crime, was later ordered to serve seven weeks in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Grove was sentenced to 40 years in prison in January 2008 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

And Tess Damm was sentenced to five years in the Division of Youth Corrections, followed by 18 years in prison, after pleading guilty in March 2008 to second-degree murder as a juvenile and solicitation to commit second-degree murder as an adult.

Although Linda Damm’s sister, who lives in southern California, said she’s pleased with the results of Smith’s parole hearing Monday, Gardner said she still feels “pretty outraged” by the crime and is afraid that Smith remains a “danger to the community.”

“This boy was involved in a serious murder,” she said. “It’s pretty overwhelming to think that he’s going to be out there walking around.”

Contact Camera Staff Writer Vanessa Miller at 303-473-1329 or millerv@dailycamera.com.

Archived comments

Time flies.Lucky for this group.

Interesting all around.


3/23/2009 10:21:05 PM

Well. I’ll be Dammed.


3/23/2009 11:58:54 PM

One guy got 40 yrs, and this guy only got 2…



3/24/2009 12:07:33 AM

I lived right next door to Bryan Grove, he was living with friends right next door to me. I have a daughter he liked and when I firs heard all this news and murder, it scared the daylights out of me, because Grove had “hit” on my daughter but she wasn’t interested in him. I thank God for this because I thought this could have been me he killed if I didn’t like him like Tess’s mom didn’t like Grove. Scary thought.

I do not think Jared Smith should be getting out at this time, who thought that one up geez.


3/24/2009 4:49:51 AM



Only two years for accessory to a murder at 16 and 6 months of parole?

Gruesome crime, remember when you vote.How many controversial rulings have involved this judge?A fourth boy who was 18 got a lessor sentence.

Judge Carol Glowinsky released one juvenile who killed 3 family members, he broke parole and was briefly rejailed, and again is paroled to some kind of partial monitoring.



3/24/2009 6:07:02 AM

Unbelievable! I lived next door to Jared’s family & am glad to be gone knowing he’s on his way home! How can the courts justify charging him as a Juvenile when his involvement in the MURDER was helping throughout?! Whereas a Kid who was involved in a fight could have their life ruined charged as an Adult, simply because their Family could not afford a “team of Lawyers” like the Smith’s!


3/24/2009 8:08:46 AM

vYRaL303-“One guy got 40 yrs, and this guy only got 2…”….because the guy that got 2 years drove the daughter around while the guy that got 40 years stabbed her to death….


3/24/2009 8:11:13 AM

I cannot believe that it has been two years already.


3/24/2009 8:20:57 AM

Bad kids.


3/24/2009 9:00:12 AM

I wish him and the family luck.I hope he can learn to stand on his own and know right from wrong now.


3/24/2009 9:15:57 AM

I hope he can get a better hairstyle.

It should be 6 to 10 for leaving the house

looking like that.


3/24/2009 9:19:17 AM

Judge Klein didn’t sentence Jared Smith. Judge Montgomery did.


3/24/2009 11:51:04 AM