Denby gets life in prison with hard labor, no parole

By Crystal Price - bio | email

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - Jeffrey Denby was sentenced by a judge on Thursday afternoon to life in prison with hard labor and no chance of parole or probation.

The sentence comes after jurors found him guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2009 death of an 18-month-old toddler.

By a vote of 10-2, jurors did not buy Denby's defense that he momentarily lost control and beat the young tot but did not intend to kill him. Jurors reached their verdict after two and a half hours of deliberation.

The great grandfather of the 18-month-old victim told 7News that although he feels the sentence may be sufficient, his vote would have been for a harsher sentence.

"I'm a firm believer of an eye for an eye," said Bill Brewer, the great grandfather of the victim. "Had it had been my choice I would have voted for the death sentence, but that's not available in this type of case."

The 1st Asst. District Attorney in Beauregard Parish, Richard Morton, said the D. A.'s office felt that "life in prison" was the only option in this case.

"The District Attorney has to decide in any case whether to seek the death penalty and simply with all the factors it was not appropriate in this case," said Morton. "We feel that 'life in prison' is a good verdict and one that we're pretty pleased with."

Morton said Denby will be sent to the Department of Corrections in the next couple of weeks, and that he'll more than likely serve his time at Angola State Penitentiary.

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