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.
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.
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