In Loving Memory of . . .
Bryan D. Lusk
January 24, 1976
February 5, 2007
Welcome to the Bryan Lusk Memorial Site!
This website was created in the Memory of Bryan Donald Lusk whose life ended prematurely at the hands of Wesley Lewis Stoltz in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Despite what the defense (and Stoltz himself) in the criminal action against Wesley Stoltz insinuated, Bryan was not a Gang Member. Those that knew him would find that accusation laughable.
Bryan was a graduate of Arapahoe High School. He was also an avid snowboarder and was sponsored by Shuvit and NeverSummer Snowboard companies. Bryan excelled at everything he set his mind to. He was a wonderful father, son, brother and friend. Although he was not perfect (None of us are), he was deeply loved by his family and friends. We have missed him dearly and all we have left are memories. He will continue to live on in our hearts and in the good things we do in his name.
Wesley Lewis Stoltz was charged with 1st Degree Murder in this case, and eventually convicted of Criminally Negligent Homicide. Although we believe justice was not served in this case, Wesley Lewis Stoltz is still a convicted felon. On January 15th, 2008 Wesley Stoltz was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 3 years in prison.
Update -Mandatory Release!
On August 25, 2008 Wesley Stoltz was released from the Delta Correctional facility in Colorado to serve 2 years of mandatory parole. Wesley Stoltz is free on the condition that he not violate the conditions of his release. Although he has served to his mandatory release date, he received 2 years of mandatory parole as part of his sentence.
In May of 2008 Wesley Stoltz was denied parole and community corrections placement in Jefferson and Adams Counties in Colorado. Since then Wesley Stoltz finally spent his first (and only) Holiday Season in prison. Wesley Stoltz had been released on $3,500 bond after being convicted November 19, 2007, and was able to spend the Holidays with friends and family. Bryan was sorely missed by his family, and will be forever.
Wesley Stoltz has applied for a community corrections program in Jefferson County and was DENIED admission at a hearing Thursday, March 26, 2008. He is allowed at least one more application, so there may be another hearing before the next parole hearing. We will keep you all posted.
We were worried about the hearing since Jefferson County is one of the counties in Colorado that has not allowed victims voice in this process. House Bill 09-1181 has been passed by the Colorado Legislature, to give victims the right to be heard at community corrections hearings thanks to Voices of Victims. Voices of Victims is an organization that provides post sentencing support for victims of violent crime, and advocates legislation expanding and protecting the rights of victims of crime.
Wesley Stoltz has also been transferred from the Level 4 security prison in Limon to a minimum security prison in Delta (about 30 minutes south of Grand Junction).
Parole Hearing - Denied for the last time!
Wesley Stoltz's second parole hearing was May 29, 2009. The parole hearing was a teleconference. Wesley Stoltz was denied parole, this means that he will do DOC time until mandatory release. We were also notified that if he gets all the time credits available to him he will be released on August 28, 2009.
DOC Math Lesson
The parole hearing this year has taught us a lot about The Colorado Department of Corrections and math. To the average person 1 year is 365 days. If we do the math and count Wesley Stoltz's time in Denver County awaiting trial he would have served 1,095 days (3 x 365) on April 2, 2010. However, Wesley Stoltz was eligible to accrue "good time" at a rate near 25% of his sentence. So far his Mandatory Release Date is September 8, 2009, but this will continue to move closer as time goes on. According to our calculations Wesley Stoltz may be released as early as September 5, 2009. On that day Wesley Stoltz will have served 886 days of a 3 year sentence, in other words 209 days early. Apparently the DOC year is 295 days long.
Above was my original calculation, but I was only 11 days off.
We have added a message Bryan's parents wanted to add that we felt would help others understand what we are going through, called When You Wish Upon a Star
TuWayne Foster wrote and recorded a song that is dedicated to Bryan. Click the link below to listen.
Thank you to everyone that continue to support us through our terrible loss