It was a rare Arcata homicide, and also became a sticking point in the 2014 District Attorney race, after candidate and then-prosecutor Elan Firpo reached an agreement with Ferrer where he would plead to involuntary manslaughter and serve two years in jail.◼ District Attorney Press Release on Juan Ferrer verdict - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/19/15
Opposing candidate Arnie Klein took issue with the plea and, following public debate, a judge tossed the deal. Deputy DA Roger Rees, under the leadership of newly elected DA Maggie Fleming, prosecuted the case in a trial that began this year.
Klein, reached by phone Monday, said he opposed the plea deal because he felt “it robbed the community of its voice and hid the facts.” He denied that his self-described representation of Anderson-Jordet’s family, which led to the dismissal of the plea, was politically motivated, and said “I think the message is: When you take a life in Humboldt County, there has to be some accountability.” KEEP READING
◼ Doug's family will reserve any further statements until their victim impact statements on June 15, the sentencing date - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/18/15
◼ (UPDATED) Juan Ferrer Found Guilty of Manslaughter for 2013 Stabbing Death of Douglas Anderson-Jordet - Andrew Goff/Lost Coast Outpost (who links to MRU, but not John Chiv, who did the bulk of the coverage of this trial, shame.)
◼ Ferrer guilty of manslaughter (updated with DA press release) - Mad River Union
Ferrer’s companions that night, Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau, 25, and Nicholas Stoiber, 29, Ferrer’s former co-defendants, each pleaded guilty last November to a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery and were sentenced to three years’ probation. They stood accused of striking Anderson-Jordet and piling on while Ferrer produced a knife, which was never found.◼ Ferrer guilty of manslaughter and special allegation - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/18/15 12:53
For voluntary manslaughter Ferrer can get up maximum 11 years. Lower term 3 and mid term is 6 years. Special allegation is an additional 1 year.