Man pleads guilty in Tooele teen stabbing

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TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A man accused of stabbing a Tooele teen last April pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Tooele courtroom.

According to court documents, Larry Beach, 20, of San Antonio, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of murder.

Court documents indicate the state will file amended information to sentence Beach to manslaughter, a second-degree felony.Beach and Cofey mugshots tooele stabbing

Sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

Beach was arrested for the killing of 17-year-old Jessie Horowitz on April 26.

Police say Beach got into a fight with Horowitz at Stansbury Park Elementary in front of a crowd of teens and young adults. During the altercation, prosecuters say, Beach stabbed the teen several times in the chest, killing him.

Horowitz was from Stansbury Park and was a senior at Stansbury High School.

Roy Coffey, 19, of Stansbury Park, was also taken into custody in connection with the murder. He has been charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.

Coffey is scheduled in court for a roll call hearing on Feb. 10.

See previous stories below:

Police identify Tooele County teen killed in stabbing, 2 in custody

Suspect in Tooele teen stabbing gets bail reduction

7 comments

  • bob

    So the murderer will be sentenced for a 2nd degree felony, just like the guy whose crime was throwing the knife in a lake?

    Why do we even bother having courts? What a joke.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      The murderer took a plea deal to a reduced charge. Coffey will get the opportunity to plead to a lesser charge. Now you know why we bother to have courts. No joke.

    • Kava

      maybe they should have just patted him on the back and said “good boy! we did’t need that murder weapon anyhow”

  • Cindy

    The story does not give all the facts. The defendant pled to charges which he agreed will run consecutive to each other. The sentence is 35 years in prison and that’s not a joke. But who really wants facts? The facts stand in the way of criticism.

  • Salinas

    None of the facts are even here…”stabbed the teen several times in the chest”…the medical examiner already took the stand and said it was one stab wound and the others were superficial wounds….Jesse threw his hoodie at his girlfriend and went after Larry, after Larry had already warned him if he “didn’t get out of my (his) face he was going to cut you (him)”….They also haven’t ever put out there that Jesse was a known Bully. He had just beat a kid up in front of McDonalds just the week before this happened with a BASEBALL BAT and was facing charges for that. Why was he even allowed to be running around at midnight at a school in the first place…..I don’t know why we even have a “News Paper” it’s just fiction anyway. Everybody placing judgment without the facts should be ashamed of themselves. If this would have happened in Texas he would have been acquitted on SELF DEFENSE…..

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