A Seattle teen who killed his classmate and fellow football team member was sentenced today to 27½ years in prison.
EVERETT A Seattle teen who killed his classmate and fellow football team member was sentenced today to 27½ years in prison.
Jenson Hankins, 17, had been friends with John Jasmer since their freshman year at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. But when Hankins’ girlfriend said Jasmer raped her, Hankins concocted a revenge plan that resulted in Jasmer’s murder.
On Aug. 21, 2003, a few weeks after the alleged rape, Hankins and Joshua Goldman lured Jasmer, 16, to the Tulalip Reservation, then bludgeoned and stabbed him to death.
Goldman, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Last month , a Snohomish County jury found Hankins guilty of first-degree murder.
When questioned after the guilty verdict, the jury foreman called the case a “slam-dunk” for prosecutors.
Timeline of the case involving John Jasmer’s death
Aug. 21, 2003: Roosevelt High School students Jenson Hankins and Joshua Goldman lure classmate John Jasmer, 16, to the Tulalip Reservation, where he is slain and buried.
Aug. 28, 2003: Hankins, 16, and Goldman, 17, are arrested in connection with Jasmer’s disappearance after one of them led police to Jasmer’s body on the Tulalip Reservation
Sept. 2, 2003: Hankins and Goldman are charged with first-degree murder and are to be prosecuted as adults.
April 2004: A Seattle School District investigation confirms that a district employee knew of the plot before the slaying, but it fails to provide solid answers on whether the district followed its policies in dealing with threats against students.
Aug. 30, 2004: Goldman pleads guilty to first-degree murder. He agrees to testify against Hankins.
Oct. 29, 2004: Hankins’ trial begins in Snohomish County Superior Court.
Nov. 5, 2004: Hankins is found guilty of first-degree murder.
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or firstname.lastname@example.org