Denver, Colorado: DeJuan Stamps, a 30-year-old Denver man will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in a 2017 rampage that left one person dead and three more injured, including a police officer.
A Denver District Court judge on Friday sentenced DeJuan Stamps to life plus 24 years for the death of James Farmer Jr., the Denver District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
On June 16, 2017, Stamps randomly assaulted two teens on the street in Curtis Park, leaving one seriously injured. Farmer intervened, and Stamps beat him to death, police said.
When officers approached him, Stamps charged them, injuring one in the struggle, police said. Stamps also attacked a paramedic, the DA’s office said.
A Denver jury in March found Stamps guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-assault and two counts of third-degree assault.
Farmer was hailed as a hero for dying while defending two teenagers whom Stamps randomly attacked on June 16, 2017.
Farmer was homeless and living in his car the night of the incident around 4 a.m., his son said. Investigators found that Farmer had stepped in when Stamps was pummeling two teenagers, a boy and a girl. The boy had serious injuries to his face and had to be hospitalized.
Stamps then beat Farmer in the middle of Curtis Street, near 24th Avenue, and was striking him repeatedly in the chest when police arrived, an arrest affidavit said. Farmer was declared dead.
Stamps also assaulted a police officer who tried to take him into custody, prosecutors said.
At a memorial for Farmer at Denver’s St. Francis Center, one of the teens, Maeve Murphy said, “I would thank him for performing such a selfless act for someone who he never met before. That’s something I’ve never experienced on such a close scale before so it was really moving.”
In March a jury found Stamps guilty of assault charges for the attack on the teens.
Denver District Court judge Michael Vallejos handed down a sentence of life plus 16 years for the assault on the teenagers and eight years for assaulting the police officer. The sentences are to run consecutively, the District Attorney’s Office said.