BRIGHTON — The mother of an infant boy found last year in an Arapahoe County landfill was sentenced to 42 years in prison Friday, May 3, in an Adams County courtroom.
Sharrieckia Page, 23, heard her sentence, handed down by Adams County District Court Judge John Popovich, following her guilty plea to second-degree murder in connection to the death of her son, Torey Elijah Brown.
Brown’s disappearance from Page’s home on the 5600 block of Olive Street in Commerce City in March 2012 set off a massive search for Brown that eventually led to a landfill near Hampden Avenue and E-470 in Araphoe County. Hundreds of law-enforcement officers from Commerce City and other metro-Denver municipalities — as well as forensic experts from across the country — searched the landfill for 53 days before finding Brown’s remains in a book bag.
“This is a very sad case,” said 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young as he thanked the Commerce City Police Department and others who aided in the investigation and search for Brown. “Justice is served. This sentence brings peace and dignity to the life and death of Torey Brown. His was a life that touched all of us who came in contact with the investigation and prosecution of this case.”
During the course of Page’s trial, Chief Deputy District Attorney Caryn Datz told the court that Page had repeatedly made threats to kill her infant son, warning that she would choke him and he would end up in a “casket.” Page said she put her son face down in his bassinet to muffle his cries, piling blankets and laundry on top of him.
Commerce City police and 26 other agencies sorted through more than 1 million square feet of waste at a cost of $10,000 per day as part of the search effort for Brown.
Page — who was arrested in March 2012 on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death — was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, but those charges were dismissed after Page agreed earlier this year to plead guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder as part of the plea agreement. A conviction on first-degree murder charges would have brought a mandatory sentence of life in prison, per Colorado law.