Man gets life for beating good Samaritan to death in random attack on teens

Posted at 4:55 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 18:59:19-04

DENVER — A Denver district judge handed down a life sentence Friday to a man responsible for the beating death of a good Samaritan who was defending two teens against a random attack.

DeJuan Stamps, 30, was given a life sentence plus 24 years for the death of James Farmer Jr., 62, who was hailed as a hero for stepping in stopping Stamps’ unprovoked attack on the two teens in the early morning hours on June 16, 2017, near 24th Avenue and Curtis Street in Denver.

After Farmer intervened, Stamps repeatedly struck the good Samaritan in the chest until the 62-year-old was dead. As Denver Police Officers responded to a report of an assault in progress, Stamps also charged at the officers and a brief struggle ensued until Stamps was subdued and arrested.

At least one of the two teen victims had “significant facial injuries,” police wrote. The two 18-year-olds were hospitalized for evaluation.

In March, a jury also found Stamps guilty of two counts of assault in the first degree for the attack on the male teenager, one count of assault in the second degree for the attack of the Denver Police Officer, and two counts of assault in the third degree for the attacks on a paramedic and the female teenager.

Stamps pleaded guilty to felony menacing in 2012 in exchange for having an assault with a deadly weapon charge dropped. He was also arrested April 19, 2017, for theft between $2,000 and $5,000, and a third-degree assault charge.

Stamps also has a handful of minor driving citations and marijuana possession charges.