Jacob Glenn was the kind of guy, his family said Tuesday, who would get out of bed on a rainy night to come help change a flat tire.
“He was everything you thought of when you thought of a big brother,” Glenn’s brother, Austin, told Judge Gretchen Leanderson in Pierce County Superior Court. “He was always there for me, no matter what.”
That’s one of the reasons his loss is so hard for the family to accept, Jacob Glenn’s mother, Tracy, told Leanderson. Another is the extinguishing of a smile that could light up a room, she said.
“He was the most beautiful human being,” Tracy Glenn said.
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On Tuesday, the man who snatched Jacob Glenn away from his family learned he’d be going to prison for 18 years, eight months.
Jason Lon Madron, 31, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in Glenn’s death, admitting he stabbed the 23-year-old during a nighttime robbery on Fox Island in November 2013.
Madron and co-defendant Nevada Pettes, 33, then fled, leaving Glenn to bleed to death near the Fox Island Grocery and Deli. An early-morning customer found Glenn’s body Nov. 21.
Pettes, 33, pleaded guilty last month to robbery and conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 15 years.
On Tuesday, deputy prosecutor Michelle Hyer and defense attorney John Meske recommended a sentence of 16 years, seven months for Madron.
Hyer told Leanderson that Madron had accepted responsibility for the killing, and Meske argued his client had endured a difficult upbringing and suffered periodic bouts of mental illness.
“He’s truly sorry for what he’s done,” Meske said.
Glenn’s family wasn’t much interested in listening to excuses.
“I cried so often wondering how his last moments were and how scared he must of been,” Tracy Glenn said.
His sister Stacie Glenn lamented the fact that her brother was not allowed to grow into a man.
“I’ll never forgive you,” she told Madron.
Madron, when given his chance to speak, said he understood that.
“I hate myself every day,” he said. “I’m sorry.”
Leanderson then took her turn.
The judge told Glenn’s family she hoped their memories were of Jacob Glenn’s bright smile and helpful nature. She then turned her attention to Madron.
“He had a lot to look forward to,” Leanderson said of the victim. “You’ve taken it away from him, and you’ve taken it away from his family.”
She then added two years and a month onto the recommended sentence.