Colorado Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder, Felony Murcer and Kidnapping

DURANGO (LAWFUEL) – Isaac Headman, of Ignacio, Colorado, was found guilty today of first degree murder, felony murder, and kidnapping, for the August 22 – 23, 2007 murder of Clifton Joseph Greany. The six day jury trial was held before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn. The jury deliberated for 5 hours before delivering the guilty verdict. Headman is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Blackburn on January 14, 2009 in Durango. Three co-defendants had earlier pled guilty to first degree murder. They await sentencing as well.

Isaac Headman and three co-defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on September 6, 2007. Co-defendant Johnita Taylor pled guilty on September 11, 2008. She is scheduled to be sentenced on December 5, 2008. Co-defendant April Watts pled guilty on May 23, 2008. She is scheduled to be sentenced on January 9, 2009. Co-defendant Monica Williams pled guilty on April 18, 2008. She will be sentenced on October 24, 2008.

According to the indictment, stipulated facts contained in plea agreements, and facts presented to the jury during the Headman trial, between August 22 and August 23, 2007, Headman and others, all of whom are Indians, willfully killed Clifton Joseph Greany, also an Indian, with premeditation and malice aforethought. Specifically, Headman and the other defendants beat and kicked the victim. Headman then put the victim into the trunk of a car, and with his co-defendants drove to a remote location. Headman, Watts and Williams then stabbed the victim in the throat with a knife. Taylor encouraged the stabbing.

“Tribal and federal officials working together to ensure justice is done – that’s what it’s all about,” said U.S. Attorney Troy Eid. “We really appreciate the jury’s dedicated service, and the support of the Southern Ute Tribe and the people of Southwestern Colorado. Special thanks to Michael Carey and Todd Norvell for their superb advocacy.”

“There are no words we can use to console the family and friends of Mr. Greany,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis. “We hope they feel justice was served through the investigation, prosecution, and conviction of those responsible for his death.”

Williams, Watts and Taylor face 25 years in federal prison. Headman faces a mandatory life sentence. All four defendants face a fine of up to $250,000.

This trial was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Carey and Todd Norvell.

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