Ferrer guilty of manslaughter (updated with DA press release)

Mad River Union

HUMBOLDT – A jury has declared Juan Joseph Ferrer guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of Douglas Anderson-Jordet.

After deliberating this morning, May 18, the jury of 12 delivered its verdict shortly after noon. Ferrer was found not guilty of second-degree murder, with the jury agreeing to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Ferrer was also found guilty of a special allegation of brandishing a lethal weapon, in this case a knife.

Ferrer, 36, stabbed Anderson-Jordet, 50, sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Nov. 25. 2013. Anderson-Jordet, a chef at the Abruzzi restaurant in Jacoby's Storehouse, died on a sidewalk near Wildberries Marketplace due to a puncture wound to his heart.facebookbadgeforweb

Ferrer’s companions that night, Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau, 25, and Nicholas Stoiber, 29, Ferrer’s former co-defendants, each pleaded guilty last November to a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery and were sentenced to three years’ probation. They stood accused of striking Anderson-Jordet and piling on while Ferrer produced a knife, which was never found.

Update: Monday afternoon, District Attorney Maggie Fleming issued the following press release. – Ed.

Humboldt County District Attorney's Office Press Release

On May 18, 2015, in the case of the People of the State of California v. Juan Ferrer, the jury found the defendant guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the November 25, 2013, killing of Douglas Anderson-Jordet. The jury also found that the defendant personally used a deadly weapon, a knife, in the commission of that crime.

The jury found the defendant not guilty of second degree murder. Mr. Anderson-Jordet’s family has been notified of this result and they have expressed their gratitude that the case finally has been decided by a jury.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Roger C. Rees, with assistance from District Attorney Investigator Jack Bernstein and Victim/Witness Advocate Marybeth Bian. The defendant was represented throughout the proceedings by Deputy Conflict Counsel Marek Reavis.

The scheduled sentencing date is June 15, 2015. The sentence for the crime of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon has the following range: a mitigated term of four years, a middle term of seven years, and an aggravated term of twelve years in prison.

For more on the case:

Thin evidence hedges Ferrer jury

Ferrer jury begins deliberations

Irked Ferrer hounds prosecutor

News analysis: Dissecting the Ferrer fatal stabbing case

Ferrer voices pity for his stabbing victim

DA: Ferrer went too far with use of lethal force

Ferrer tells his version of stabbing

Dueling surprises at Ferrer trial

DA: Ferrer ran and hid
Lawyers in fatal stabbing case spar over 'reasonable doubt'

Arcata trio balks at aiding Ferrer defense

Firpo seeks to quit Ferrer case

Ferrer sentence becomes a political issue in DA's race
DA candidate Klein seeks to suspend Firpo's Ferrer plea

Firpo responds to concerns about Ferrer disposition

DA canidate Dollison speaks out against Ferrer plea deal

Ferrer gets two years jail for killing a man

DA charging Ferrer with murder, others with assault