Darsean Kelley sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing his half-sister

A Denver judge on Friday sentenced a 28-year-old man to nearly three decades in prison for stabbing his half-sister to death two years ago.

Darsean Kelley in August pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. On Friday, he received a 27-year sentence, the Denver district attorney said in a news release.

On Jan. 23, 2020, authorities found the body of 17-year-old Marnee Kelley-Mills’ — Kelley’s half-sister — stuffed inside a duffel bag in a trash can in front of their Montbello home.

Darsean Kelley had been battling schizophrenia for years, his mother said during a candlelight vigil after the killing. Mental health care providers and the justice system let him down, Vicky Lewis said at the time.

 

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