Man sentenced to 3 life terms for killing Long Beach woman, 4-year-old daughter
LONG BEACH (FOX 11 / CNS) - Deputies restrained Colbert on the floor while they cleared the courtroom.
The defendant eventually returned seated in a safety chair while he heard Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes read aloud emotional statements on behalf family and friends.
"There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Carina and Jennabel," Barnes read. "My heart breaks every time I think about them."
Colbert was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without parole plus 25 years for the murder of Carina Mancera and her 4 year old daughter Jennabel Anaya.
In addition, he also got a life sentence plus 25 years for attempting to kill the girl's father in August 2016 while the family was walking back to their downtown Long Beach apartment after a trip to the grocery store.
Prosecutors said Colbert ambushed them in an unprovoked attack, which the judge called cowardly.
Colbert who has a history of mental illness is from Oklahoma and has no connection to the family.
He reportedly laughed and smirked throughout the trial where he represented himself.
"You have not demonstrated any respect, sorrow, nor remorse to this family," the judge said.
Police linked Colbert to the mother and daughter's murder with security video and DNA samples.
"Brandon Colbert does not deserve to live out his life in prison," Barnes said. "What he did destroyed many lives. He took two beautiful souls away from us."
"I hope he suffers in every way possible the whole time before he dies," a childhood friend said outside court.
Colbert is allowed to appeal his sentences.
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