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Man Sentenced for the Stabbing Death of His Cousin in Page

Man Sentenced for the Stabbing Death of His Cousin in Page
February 12
15:55 2016

A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for the murder of his cousin outside of his Page home.

James Jorgensen

James Jorgensen

James Jorgensen, 26, was found guilty of murdering 28-year-old Jeremiah Welch on December 16th, 2015. Jurors decided not to convict Jorgensen of first degree murder, which would have been punishable by life in prison or death, instead jurors settled on second degree murder which does not require premeditation.

Jorgensen was arrested after police say he stabbed his cousin, Jeremiah Welch, to death in the early morning hours of May, 21st 2014. The deadly assault was the aftermath of an argument which started weeks earlier over comments the victim made about Jorgensen’s girlfriend.

One day prior to the stabbing the two men, who referred to themselves as “blood brothers,” talked about the comments during a family kickball game. After the game, the argument continued at a relative’s house in LeChee before escalating to the deadly climax after Jorgensen followed Welch back to his Page home.  Jorgensen and Welch fought in front of the home before being separated by family members. Neither party was seriously injured in the initial brawl. Jorgensen left the residence and returned to LeChee to retrieve a knife, according to testimony. He then drove back to Page where he stabbed the victim four times.

Welch died at Page Hospital.

Acknowledging Jorgensen’s remorse, Coconino County Superior Court Judge Mark Moran decided not to sentence him to the amount of time prosecutor Bryan Shea requested, which was 22 years in prison. However, the sentence was double the 10 years defense attorney Joseph Carver wanted.

Jorgensen will get credit for 631 days of pre-sentence incarceration.

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