Jadyn Curtis gets life sentence for murder, assault on 70-year-old woman

Jadyn Curtis was arrested by Scottsdale Police Department on June 12. (photo by Scottsdale PD)

Jadyn Curtis, 22, was sentenced on Dec. 21 to “natural life” in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

He also received a consecutive life sentence for sexual assault, and consecutive 21-year sentences for kidnapping and armed robbery, according to a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

“The grief shown by the community over this heinous crime cannot be erased by today’s sentencing, nor the loss healed for those knew and cared for this victim, said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in a prepared statement. “At least those who have been impacted by this senseless loss of life can be confident that this brutal criminal will spend the rest of his life in prison with no opportunity to ever harm innocent people again.”

On June 24, officers responded to a strip mall near Indian School Road and Drinkwater Boulevard where a 70-year-old woman was found with obvious signs of a physical and sexual attack, the release said, describing the woman who frequently slept on a patio at the building and was known to many in the area.

Investigators used evidence from the scene and surveillance video from the businesses at the building to determine how the suspect reportedly attacked the victim with a large rock before pulling her body in to a breezeway where he raped her.

She died days later from her injuries at the hospital, the release added.

Tips from the public helped investigators to identify Curtis, a former employee of a business near the building where the attack happened, the release detailed, noting the defendant’s DNA matched evidence found at the murder scene.

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