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Daryll Brown gets life for hitting ex-wife Alisha Brown with wine bottle, strangling her to death

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On December 30, 2009, Alisha Brown was found murdered in the Sixth Avenue West subdivision. The following February, her ex-husband, Daryll Glenn Brown was arrested for her death.

Now, Brown has been convicted and sentenced to life without parole for a crime involving a sneak attack, blunt force and strangulation.

According to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Brown snuck into his ex-wife's home and smashed her in the head with a wine bottle while she slept. This assault didn't kill her -- so he then proceeded to strangle her to death.

Below, find a photo of Alisha Brown, the initial press releases about the slaying and Brown's arrest, a larger look at Brown's mug shot, an interactive graphic showing the area near where the crime took place (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map") and the Jeffco DA office's take on his sentencing:

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Alisha Brown.
Initial Jefferson County Sheriff's Office press release:

Homicide in Jeffco

Woman found dead in home

Jefferson County, Co. -- On December 30, 2009 at 1:47 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to a death in the Sixth Avenue West subdivision. The victim, a 30-year-old female, was found by her neighbor after numerous attempts to contact her were unsuccessful. The neighbor looked through a window and saw a body inside.

The first responding deputies had to force entry into the house. Initial observations of the body showed some type of trauma. There was no one else inside the residence. The deputies secured the residence and waited for a search warrant before continuing the investigation. Investigators have worked through the night interviewing family, friends and co-workers of the decedent.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Jefferson County Coroner.

No arrest has been made and a suspect has not been identified.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office release about Brown's arrest:

Arrest made in Jeffco homicide

Jefferson County, Co. -- On February 12, 2010, at about 12:00 p.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested Daryll Glenn Brown (dob 012365) for the murder of his ex-wife, Alisha Brown (dob 012179).

On December 30, 2009, Alisha was scheduled to meet a friend at her residence located at 14192 W. 4th Ave. When the friend received no answer at the door or on her cell phone, he became concerned. He looked into the windows of the home and saw a body inside. When deputies arrived, they forced entry into the home and found Alisha. It appeared she died of blunt force trauma.

Sheriff's investigators have worked tirelessly on this case, performing a complete and thorough investigation. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked into the Jefferson County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. He's currently being held without bond for first degree murder and domestic violence.

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Daryll Glenn Brown.
Jefferson County District Attorney's Office release about Brown's sentencing:

Arvada Man Sentenced to Life for Murder of his Ex-wife

Daryll Glenn Brown, 46, was sentenced today to life in prison for the murder of his ex-wife at her home in December, 2009. A Jefferson County jury returned guilty verdicts on January 25, 2011 following two weeks of trial.

Alisha Brown, 31, was found murdered in her bed at her home on December 30, 2009. She lived at 14192 W. 4th Avenue with her four-year-old. She died of blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation.

Daryll Brown used a key to sneak into the house late in the night of December 29 or early December 30. As Alisha lay sleeping, he attacked her, smashing her skull with a wine bottle. He then continued his attack and strangled her to death.

Daryll and Alisha Brown were recently divorced with the final decree in September 2009. It had been a contentious divorce centered on parenting issues of their then 4-year-old son. Alisha and Daryll Brown shared custody of their son.

Just days before her death, Alisha had become very concerned with Daryll Brown's violation of his visitation agreement. He had become unreliable with the visitation requirements. Daryll Brown had picked up their son on December 27, but since that time she had been unable to reach the child and was worried. Alisha had contacted her divorce attorney who was preparing court documents regarding Daryll Brown's violation of the divorce decree. Alisha had emailed Daryll Brown about her concerns and her plans to ask for court intervention.

The documents were ready to be filed with the court on December 30, but according to her divorce lawyer, he never heard back from Alisha.

A friend knocked on Alisha's door on December 30. She had agreed to watch his dogs when he and his wife went out of town. When he got no answer, the neighbor looked through the windows and thought he saw Alisha on the bed. He called 911.

After the long, lengthy, difficult trial, Alisha's mother and older sister, Jennifer Nidalmia, addressed the court today at the sentencing hearing. Alisha's sister said that what she missed most was Alisha's voice. And that today she believed the prosecutors and investigators had again given Alisha a voice.

District Judge Phil McNulty, who was both trial and sentencing judge, said that Daryll Brown had committed the murder by "stealth in the middle of the night," when Alisha could not have known what was about to happen. He told Brown that his actions had essentially made an orphan of his child.

The jury returned their verdicts in the morning of January 25th. Daryll Brown was convicted of First Degree Murder -- Felony Murder, Second Degree Murder, and Burglary. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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TEMPERAMENTAL
TEMPERAMENTAL

How do you go from love to murder?  I hate my ex, but I don't want him dead.  Some people just cant let go, or have trouble coping.  Did I cry when he broke my heart, of course...for months, still don't want him dead.  

midwestmomof2
midwestmomof2

At least the sentencing was appropriate for a change!!  RIP beautiful Alisha!  Take heart, dear family!  At least justice was served.  So sorry for your loss!!

Dunnski
Dunnski

Again they fail to kill a killer just to collect the federal dollars that keep those animal house prisons running. wake the 'Uck up people................

Discussion
Discussion

Muke, The people with the most open minds were the men and women of the jury...who knew neither party, held no preconceived notions, listened to testimony of both sides, deliberated and delivered a verdict. In this trial, Daryll had the right and opportunity to tell his side of the story which he declined. Obviously, Alisha did not have this chance. For informational purposes, I invite you to learn more about Alisha through her own words in the form of her personal blog site entitled More In Us Than We Know which she kept from January-August, 2009 the time at which she met her boyfriend Chris. (and by the way, that relationship can't be considered an affair:) I have supplied a link (for you to cut and paste to your browser)to an entry from early 2009 which describes Alisha's marital concerns and decision to leave the marriage for the health and welfare of all involved. http://moreinusthanweknow.blog...

Since you are so interested in affairs, I have some more info for you. In a nutshell, here is what happened: Daryll had secretly been having homosexual affairs throughout the marriage, in addition he was downloading gay porn and participating in gay chat rooms. When exposed, he used guilt as a control tactic on Alisha just as he also used threats of suicide to control. You make mention of the Watchtower Society which views homosexuality as grounds for disfellowship....since Daryll was raised in this society, perhaps this explains why Daryll needed the perfect cover.... and Alisha was it. Soon he was manipulating more than Alisha...but his friends and family. Alisha found herself isolated and emotionally and sexually abandoned by her husband. She did not want to change him, but came to the conclusion that she wanted him to be who he really was...and would make it her goal that his son would love him regardless. She just wanted him to be honestly free and happy for the first time in his life. But Daryll lacked the courage to come out into the open. She even researched JW Gay/Lesbian support Groups for him, but he was afraid his community would find out so he refused to participate. So Alisha did what she had to do for her self and son...it was an unhealthy and tension filled existence. She separated and started the divorce process.

After being shunned by his family and receiving a letter from his father chastising her for being an adulterer, Alisha was compelled "to out" Daryll to his family because he refused to tell them the truth about his sexuality. Subsequently, Daryll was urged/possibly threatened by family members to see a therapist to be cured for his homosexuality. During the divorce proceedings, he would announce to Alisha that he was indeed cured and they should get back together. But she wasn't that naive. So once the divorce was final, she was moving forward to gain the life she had always wanted, was mutually respective and hoping that Daryll would find his and in all of this...that their son would have the best of both parents.

But Daryll was too weak(or scared) and built the divorce into the culmination of all his life's resentments...squarely putting the bullseye on Alisha. His therapy should have been for depression and anger management and his support community failed him in not recognizing this...but perhaps fueliing his fire and rage at his ex-wife and mother of his child. So when she returned home from a happy and fun Christmas break in Maryland with Kyle and boyfriend Chris, she was abruptly met at Denver Airport by Daryll demanding Kyle. Not to upset her child, Alisha begrudgingly relinguished Kyle because of her nature. She would try to make contact for the next two days which was well documented in the case which exposed the fact that Daryll was acting in his covert style, and manipulating his own family members as well.

The culminating moment came in the early hours of January 30th. As she had laid down to sleep, she was riddled with confusion, anger and sadness for the continued games and immaturity being played out by her ex husband, worrying about the mental/physical health and welfare of her 4 year old son, and anxious/depressed about the agony of having to go through a new chapter of legal wranglings with an irrational and manipulative Daryll. She was in love with her new life, her son,her boyfriend and all the goodness in her world. Perhaps this was the thought that let her go to slumber. Meanwhile, Daryll used a key, snuck in the house and murdered her in the most cowardly way imaginable. She never had a chance. As if this wasn't bad enough, again, think of how this selfish act of "revenge" has completely changed the life of their son.

Hope this helps.

Muke
Muke

Calicojac,

1.) Are you currently seeking therapy for your issues with denial? I do not think you are in denial, I just think you are inacccurate in your statements here.

2.) Are you a member of a cult? If you are referring to the Jehovah's Witness religion, do your homework with an open mind.

3.) Did you see/hear testimony of Alisha's family, friends, and boyfriend of Daryll's history of manipulative and jealous control games using their son as a pawn....especially at the exact time and days leading up to the murder after returning home from her Christmas trip with son at boyfriend's home!? She was due to sign/file sole custody papers (against Daryll)the next morning!

I will only address the last sentence as I cannot answer for the rest. She was putting through a motion for contempt, not getting sole custody. That would have had to have gone through the court as well.

There was so much more about Daryll that you and the jury did not get to hear because the judge kept it out of the trial: ie. Daryll's resentment and childish behavior toward Alisha for getting the divorce, Daryll's extramarital affairs, chronic depression, emails from Alisha on her last day admitting her fear that Daryll was capable of committing murder....the list goes on. Justice was served ...even with the Prosecution team having to proceed with one hand tied behind their back. Jefferson County has an incredible asset in having Det Battan and her team in its employ....they left no rock uncovered. Daryll was not having extramarital affairs, Alisha was. Simply a fact! The manipulation and things stated seemed to really be two sided at best. Alisha stated that she was worried Daryll might take his own life and someone else suggested maybe he would take their sons life as well. Much different than what you have stated. But you obviously sat on one side of the court.

As to the Det, what about fully investigating three other suspects and a lead of a suspicious vehicle from a police officer. Nope, just one suspect here. Guess the rocks weree not uncovered or looked under quite like you say

i was there
i was there

Honestly, I don't know what trial the jury was watching. The one I watched was full of "doubts" from the affair with her boss, complacency in the investigation, DNA evidence that was not 100%. There was enough doubt raised in me and enough suspicion that it was the guy and his wife that she was having an affair with. For christ sake,she admitted to having a huge fight the night of the murder. She probally told him to "take care of this ,or I will take you for eveything you have" He was ceo of a large company and an ivy leage grad. I am sure he had alot to loose. Good job Jefferson County. Looks like Kate gets to keep her job

AspenFriend
AspenFriend

Alisha was a kind and caring person, all who knew her miss her very much.

The sentance of life without parole is much better than the death penalty, simply due to the fact that he will never be free and will have many years to contemplate his actions. There will be no light at the end of a tunnel for Daryll.

I feel bad for his family, but I still feel for Alisha's family to a greater degree, they will not have visitation.

Rest in Peace Alisha and do keep looking out for your little one.

Windhorse
Windhorse

The truth has finally came out. No more "allegedly terrilble ex-spouse", but really has proven what a terrible person he is. No more "innocent until proven guilty" but truly the guilty one. I hope that Alisha's son will grow up in a family that will truly care, nurture and provide him with great love so that he would grow up someday to be a good young man and a good citizen of this country. I am certain that his mother is keeping an eye on him :)!

Calicojac
Calicojac

Type your comment here.3 questions for "I was There":1.) Are you currently seeking therapy for your issues with denial?2.) Are you a member of a cult?3.) Did you see/hear testimony of Alisha's family, friends, and boyfriend of Daryll's history of manipulative and jealous control games using their son as a pawn....especially at the exact time and days leading up to the murder after returning home from her Christmas trip with son at boyfriend's home!? She was due to sign/file sole custody papers (against Daryll)the next morning!

There was so much more about Daryll that you and the jury did not get to hear because the judge kept it out of the trial: ie. Daryll's resentment and childish behavior toward Alisha for getting the divorce, Daryll's extramarital affairs, chronic depression, emails from Alisha on her last day admitting her fear that Daryll was capable of committing murder....the list goes on. Justice was served ...even with the Prosecution team having to proceed with one hand tied behind their back. Jefferson County has an incredible asset in having Det Battan and her team in its employ....they left no rock uncovered.

anonymous
anonymous

I was there as well, and I don't know what YOU were watching...he had full motive, opportunity, they even talked about his poor hygiene..it's really funny the day after the murder he did a light load of laundry INCLUDING GLOVES and showered...GOOD JOB JEFFERSON COUNTY...you gave justice to the correct individual.

John
John

What was wrong with the DNA evidence?

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