Jacob Ind has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder for plotting to kill his co-defendant in the case after he was put in jail and two counts of second degree murder for killing his parents. Under the plea, he could face anywhere from 32 to 72 years in prison.
Jacob Ind is serving two life sentences for the murder of his mother and his stepfather. He is currently in the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City. Photo/kelley
When asked what happened that made him guilty Ind answered, “After a lifetime of torture, abuse and despair, I thought I was stuck and couldn’t go anywhere. I thought the only way to escape the misery would be to die or kill my parents”
Ind was sentenced to life for killing his mother and stepfather in Woodland Park in 1992. Ind's motion to vacate his life sentences without possibility of parole was granted in October 2017 and a resentencing hearing was scheduled for eight days later. Judge Jane Tidball then ordered Ind's murder convictions vacated and set a new trial because Ind was denied his constitutional right to testify in his first trial.
Part of the plea deal is that Ind gets credit of time already served.
They will be calculating how much time he's already served at his sentencing on December 20 at 1:30 p.m.
That could vary depending on earned time, or activities he's done in prison and good time he might have for his conduct there.
If the judge gives him the least time under his plea he could be a free man, eligible for parole.