Lemarinel sentenced to life plus 12 years in murder of Littleton man

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 A Jefferson County judge sentenced Jordan Lemarinel to life in prison plus 12 years after a 12-member jury in early March found him guilty of murdering a 26-year-old Littleton man. 

The jury, after more than a day of deliberation, also found Lemarinel, 28, guilty of felony murder, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery with the intent to kill, maim or wound, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and more. 

He was arrested May 5, 2017, in connection with the murder of Samuel Addison Stewart, a Dakota Ridge High School graduate. 

Kenneth Crise, 56, the second suspect in this case, was tried separately and also found guilty of murder. Judge Todd Vriesman sentenced to him to life in prison plus 48 years. Crise, who has nine prior felony convictions, was also labeled a habitual criminal, according to a release from the Jeffco DA’s office. 



According to courtroom testimony, on the morning of May 1, 2017, Stewart drove his white Ford Explorer to the home of Crise on South Owens Court in South Jeffco. Surveillance video from across the street, which was presented in court, showed Stewart pull up to the house, joining Crise and Lemarinel in the garage.

Stewart reportedly visited Crise’s home for a pre-arranged drug deal. Although Lemarinel was the one selling the drugs, he didn’t know Stewart. The meetup was arranged by Crise. Lemarinel claims he shot Stewart twice in self-defense after being stabbed several times by the victim.

According to the video, within minutes of entering the garage and the door subsequently shutting, Lemarinel is seen dragging Stewart’s body into the driveway. After struggling to maneuver Stewart into the Explorer, Crise came out to help. Lemarinel drove away and returned on foot approximately 10 minutes later as the video shows Crise washing off his driveway.

Hours later, neighbors became suspicious when an unfamiliar vehicle parked in the 11300 block of West Maplewood Drive, less than a mile from Crise’s home, didn’t move for several hours. A neighbor, who last week testified in court, called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office after noticing an apparently unresponsive person inside the vehicle.

Deputies arrived on scene, confirmed the person was dead and later identified him as Stewart, known by “Addy” or “Addison” to close friends and family.

Days later, Lemarinel was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Stewart’s death. He had previously been arrested on unrelated drug and illegal weapons possessions charges, and remained in police custody until being arrested on the first-degree murder charge. Investigator Dave See and others were able to connect him with the death through phone records and video surveillance.

At the time of Lemarinel’s arrest, another arrest warrant was issued for Crise. He was apprehended nearly two weeks later by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force.