(Updated at 7:08 p.m. with additional details and background.)
Mad River Union
EUREKA – Juan Joseph Ferrer, 36, of Arcata, will serve 11 years in state prison plus one year for the special allegation of using a knife in the fatal stabbing in 2013 of unarmed Abruzzi chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet, 50, also of Arcata. The two terms will be served consecutively and Ferrer will be on parole for three years following release. Ferrer received the maximum sentence under California law.
Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John T. Feeney said in pronouncing sentence June 15 that Ferrer’s actions constituted a high degree of viciousness and cruelty.
Feeney said Ferrer will receive 559 days’ credit for time served, plus 83 days for work time, which will reduce the sentence by some 21 months.
The jury of four women and eight men convicted Ferrer on May 18 of voluntary manslaughter after deliberating a total of eight hours. Ferrer skirted a second degree murder charge because the panel was divided on that higher count.
Jurors dealt with a considerable lack of evidence: the murder weapon was never recovered and there were no usable blood samples, impartial eyewitnesses to the stabbing or surveillance videos of the physical encounter.
The death resulted from a drunken shouting match between Ferrer and two companions, Nicholas Stoiber and Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau, and Anderson-Jordet in the wee hours of Nov. 25, 2013 on 11th and H streets in Arcata near the Vintage Avenger clothing store.
Rocheleau and Stoiber each pled guilty to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery and were sentenced to three years’ probation in November 2014.
The three assailants and the victim had been drinking heavily on Arcata’s Tavern Row.