Getting Away With Murder?

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

One of the men convicted in the brutal killings of two teenagers is about to be released from prison after serving just 9 years.

It's a story you'll only see on 11 news.

Jeron Grant was convicted as an accessory to the 1997 murders of 13 year old Andrew Westbay and 15 year old Scott Hawrysiak. The victims’ families said no one ever paid for the crime.

Andy and Scott would've been in their early 20's if they were still alive today. The two were best friends ever since they were young kids. In fact, they have been inseparable, even until their final moments. They are even buried side by side.

Their final moments were on Valentine's Day 1997. The two teens were walking home from a friend's house when police say Jeron Grant and Gary Flakes pulled up in their car and shot them at random. Police said Grant confessed to the murders. Andy Westbay's uncle can still remember what Grant said. "In Jeron Grant's words and I quote, ‘We drove around for an hour. I wanted to get something off my chest and I wanted to kill someone."

Jurors convicted Grant and Flakes as accessories to murder, dropping the first-degree murder charges and sentencing them to 12 years behind bars. After serving 9 years, Grant is now getting out for good behavior. "This sent a message to society that if you commit brutal killings, you’ll get away with murder," Andy’s uncle told us.

Andy's uncle takes us to the teens' gravesite. It’s a place where he can be with the boys. A place he visits often. "Andy and Scott are deeply missed. They were loved a lot and life not the same without them."

Two teens robbed of their lives. Two families left behind who stopped celebrating Valentine's Day in 1997. "Justice did not prevail; justice was not served."

Andy's uncle said he hopes future jurors remember victims when they hand down sentences. When Grant is released from prison on September 30th, he will serve 18 months in the El Paso County jail for contempt of court, which again, that sentence that could be reduced for good behavior. Gary Flakes is up for parole again next August.

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