Families Embrace During Sentencing For Teen Who Fatally Stabbed Jogger

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UPDATED: Thursday May 8, 2014 6:31 PM

A 16-year old boy will spend more years behind bars than the number of years he's been alive after pleading guilty on Thursday to attacking a jogger in a park and stabbing her to death.

A judge sentenced Jordan Stewart to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years.

Stewart's lawyer says the teen is sorry, but it was the teen's grandmother who gave a heartfelt apology in court on Thursday.

“Words can never express the pain that we feel, and we know you feel as well,” she said.

Prosecutors say on October 20th, 55-year-old Jane Juergens was jogging in a park in Blendon Township when she was attacked.  The coroner's report revealed she was stabbed 26 times. 

Juergen's son says he'll never understand what prompted the senseless violence.  “Stabbing someone that many times, at what point do you realize what you're doing and stop?”

That is a question that also haunts the killer's grandmother, who said, "Jordan's not a mean person, he's not cruel, and he's not heartless.” She says Jordan suffers from mental illness, and says he was living in a group home at the time of the murder because the family wanted him to get help.

In the end, Juergen's youngest son turned and embraced the family of the boy who murdered his mother.  It was an unexpected show of compassion that gave a glimpse into the legacy Jane Juergens leaves behind. 

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