A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend in the presence of her three young sons.
Sean Landrock was sentenced on Friday after a jury found him guilty in August of second-degree murder and three counts of child abuse in death of Shaina Castillo, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
“Studies have shown that Native American women like Shaina Castillo suffer domestic violence at alarmingly high rates in epidemic proportions, and my office is committed to securing justice for them,” said Denver District Attorney Beth McCann in a news release. “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this case sends a very clear message to all abusers: Denver’s system of justice will hold you accountable for your violent actions.”
Denver District Court Judge Edward Bronfin handed down the maximum sentence for what he described as a “senseless, reprehensible and brutal murder,” the release said.
In August 2019, Landrock shot and stabbed Castillo in front of her three sons, ages 5, 3 and 1, and abandoned the children in the apartment where the murder took place.
Landrock was sentenced to 48 years in prison on the murder conviction. He was sentenced to 12 months in the Denver Jail on each of the three child abuse counts. The incarceration sentences will run consecutively. Landrock was also sentenced to five years parole and order to pay $7,500 in restitution.
Bronfin, during sentencing, described the murder as one of the more aggravated cases he’s presided over in his 13 years on the bench, the release said.
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