COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Sharrieckia Page was 23 years old when she pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of her 7-month-old son, who was found dead in a Denver landfill in 2012. If she serves every year of the 42-year sentence she was issued Friday, she'll be 65 years old when she is released from prison.
That 42-year sentence was handed down by District Court Judge John E. Popovich, Jr, who called Page's level of remorse "limited in nature" after listening to her brief statement.
"I do ask for forgiveness," Page said before Popovich Friday. "I'm sorry for what I did."
Page's defense attorney, Christine Jones, tried to paint a different picture of Page, calling the young mother a victim of circumstance.
"Miss Page was facing eviction," Jones said. "She was born into a life of poverty and mental illness."
Adams County District Attorney Dave Young vehemently disagreed.
During the trail, Young accused Page of smothering her 7-month-old son Torrey Brown, Jr. in his crib, leaving him for a few hours, then returning to place his body in a book bag before throwing it out in a dumpster.
Brown's remains were found in a Denver landfill 53 days after he went missing, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who sifted through 13,000 tons of waste.
"This is a woman who repeatedly told others that this baby ruined her life," Young said Friday. "She said, 'Someone better come get this ugly (expletive) or he is going to end up in a casket.' She also said, 'If they don't find no evidence, they ain't got no case.'"
Brown's grandmother, Corinthia Brown, mourned her grandson's death all over again Friday.
"The last time I saw him smile, he looked so much like my son," Brown said. "I had to take his picture down."