Crime

Spencer Crawford gets four years for camping party slaying involving LSA and a machete

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Crawford had attended New Vista High School, as did numerous others at the get-together. The image above was originally shared on his Facebook page.

As for the photo to the left, it can be seen on Crawford's still-lingering Soundcloud page, with a cropped version also serving as his profile pic for a out-of-date Google page that lists his occupation as "PARTY!! ^_^" and includes a link to a rave website.

The good times didn't last on June 19. At around 3 a.m., as we've reported, Boulder County Sheriff's Office deputies and other emergency responders were called to the 5000 block of Ridge Road not far from Nederland on a report of a stabbing. There, they found Gaudin, who'd been stabbed to death. Crawford was subsequently arrested on suspicion of killing him.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Gaudin was a heavy-metal fan who often wore a trench coat and heavy boots. But his best friend tells the paper that behind this garb, Gaudin was "a really heartfelt, beautiful person with lots of love. He was one of the most accepting, loving, amazing people I ever met."

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Camera, an unknown number of the camping party took mushrooms and LSA, which is listed on Wikipedia under the term Ergine. The Wiki page notes that Ergine is thought to be "responsible for...psychedelic activity. However, this theory is debatable, as anecdotal reports suggest that the effects of synthetic LSA and iso-LSA are only slightly psychedelic."

Whatever the case, a reference to Gaudin's death was quickly added to the page under the heading "Known Fatalities" -- making Crawford something of a poster child for the dangers of LSA.

Additionally, Crawford and Gaudin are said to have consumed homemade whiskey they called moonshine.

Regarding Gaudin's death, one witness told investigators that he'd seen Crawford pull out a knife and thrust it into the teenager's chest. "You stabbed me," he quoted Gaudin as saying before he fell to the ground. However, Crawford told paramedics that he'd acted only after Gaudin had pulled out a machete and announced that he was going to "kill everyone."

His story was subsequently amended.

Continue for more about the sentencing of Spencer Crawford, including another photo and a video.
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