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Former Playgirl model sentenced in beating death of San Diego gay man

By Ben Cartwright| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO – Joshua James Larson, the former Playgirl model who was convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the 2011 beating death of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins, was sentenced to an indefinite term of 19 years to life at a hearing today.

Larson appeared in front of Judge Theodore Weathers in a packed courtroom this morning, who delivered the sentence shortly after attorneys stated their sentencing requests.

Joshua James Larson, seen on a 2001 Playgirl cover.

No witnesses spoke at the sentencing, although prosecutor Makenzie R. Harvey said she had hoped to read a letter to the court from Huggins’ aunt, Jennifer Sanders, from Tennessee. Harvey said Sanders is not “technologically savvy” and was attempting to fax the letter but it did not arrive in time for the hearing.

Jim and Ruth Larson, parents of Joshua Larson, sat quietly throughout the 30-minute hearing, showing little emotion.

Defense attorney Peter Will stated that in the sentencing brief he filed, there were numerous letters in support for Larson from family members including his parents, cousins and others. The packet also included a copy of Larson’s honorable discharge papers from the Army. Will asked Judge Weathers for a “fair and just sentence,” noting that Larson’s past criminal history does not have any record of violent crimes, only drug use and possession charges.

Harvey, reminding Weathers that Larson’s crime was one of revenge for Huggins testifying against Larson in another criminal case, asked for more serious punishment, and requested two concurrent terms of five years and eight months, followed by an indeterminate term of 15 years to life.

On the three counts that Larson was charged with in September, Weathers sentenced him to an indeterminate term of 15 years to life for the murder charge, plus an additional year for using a deadly weapon, and on the second and third counts, three years for committing the crime as a separate act.

Jason “Cowboy” Huggins

During the June 22, 2011 crime, Larson first attacked Huggins’ friend Nathan Meza by hitting him in the head with a rock. Meza was able to crawl out of the canyon where the crime occurred to seek medical attention.

Larson then picked up another rock and viciously attacked Huggins, which led to his death two weeks later.

The total sentence for Larson will be an indeterminate term of 19 years to life. The California Victim Compensation Board was also seeking restitution for $4,844.49 for Huggins’ funeral and burial expenses, and Weathers ordered restitution.

Larson was relatively emotionless when his sentencing was read, but at the close of the hearing, he turned to his mother, who was seated behind him in the courtroom, and with a big grin on his face mouthed “I love you, mom.”

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24 more reader comments:

  1. 19 years ain’t enough for all the lives he ruined.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:33pm
  2. Well there ya go..

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:36pm
  3. Homophobia has got to stop. The U.S legal system is messed up.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:36pm
  4. So.. In 19 years he could possibly get out, and live a normal healthy life, while the victim will never come back, and his family left in a lifetime of grief…that’s the American judicial system at work right here. How sickening.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:37pm
  5. Omg that a damn scheme

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:40pm
  6. He killed a gay man for being gay…..I wonder if he knows what happens to guys like him in jail ??? HAHAHA

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:40pm
  7. i really hate homophobs why they dont like my bisexuality idk but it is really a hate crim and needs to stop

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:41pm
  8. Sickening 3:)

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:41pm
  9. What a freak. Pretty boi going to become someone’s b*tch.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:43pm
  10. FRY HIM!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:43pm
  11. OMG!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:44pm
  12. Didn’t this also happen to former porn star Ryan Idol.. http://www.metroweekly.com/news/last_word/2011/09/ryan-idol-convicted-of-attempt.html

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:44pm
  13. He should be stoned to death…an eye for an eye!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:57pm
  14. Being in prison he’ll never look like that again. And i’m sure he be very popular too.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:57pm
  15. wow

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00pm
  16. Pretty boys like that do lotsa gay stuff in prison… or get it done to them.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:07pm
  17. Why is this in LBGTQ news?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:15pm
  18. I belive he got what he desivered , i dont feel sorry for him at all and i hope they get him in jail he will see how it feels /

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:19pm
  19. The thirty disgusting people who “liked” this artile.. you’re just as guilty and shameful.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:22pm
  20. He needs to rot in jail. Jackass

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:00pm
  21. Justice!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:37pm
  22. he will be a popular tourist attraction in the showers

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:35pm
  23. Rachael Crocker what planet are you on we liked this article because he got convicted and is on his way to jail or are you saying that you approve of what he did?, he murdered someone because that person was gay so yeah I like the fact that he was found guilty and has been given a fucking long sentence in jail and I hope he rots and or dies there and any fucker who agrees with what he did deserves the same, the world really wouldn’t like to see us gays take up arms to protect ourselves because there would be a fucking lot of dead homophobes and gay bashers in the streets!

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:49am
  24. What a shame that he’s decided to end the life of another and essentially his life is over.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:17am