Father who fatally slit his 6-year-old son’s throat gets life prison sentence

An Arapahoe County man who fatally slit the throat of his 6-year-old son and raped his former girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison.

Brandon Jamaal Johnson, 28, was sentenced Friday to life without parole, plus 54 years, by Arapahoe District Court Chief Judge Carlos Samour, after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including murder, according to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Man pleads guilty to raping ex-girlfriend, slashing son’s throat, sentenced to life plus 54 years. Release: https://t.co/GdMgMcLlip pic.twitter.com/lgIH6U5H1r

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In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in the case, a news release said.

On Feb. 10, 2016, sheriff’s deputies found 6-year-old Riley Johnson dead inside an apartment on East Harvard Avenue in unincorporated Arapahoe County, his throat had been slit.

“I struggle with the question: What is justice for the brutal murder of an innocent 6-year-old boy at the hands of his father?” District Attorney George Brauchler told the court. “I have a son the same age as Riley, and to him, Santa Claus exists, the Easter Bunny comes, superheroes are real, and Dad is a superhero.

“But in those seconds and minutes of terror as his life gushed out of his slashed throat, Riley had to realize that his superhero, his own father, was the one killing him.”

Deputies, the day of the murder, found Johnson on the floor near Riley. He had cut his own throat. Johnson was taken to the hospital.

“Part of me hopes that every hour of every day the defendant lives on this planet, he remember(s) Riley’s touch, the sound of his voice as he called out “Daddy,” and the last look on his terror-stricken face that he deliberately caused,” Brauchler said.

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