A 30-year old Colorado man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to serve 304 years for human trafficking, one of the longest sentences ever given for the crime.
Chauncey Price was convicted in December 2019 on 13 counts, including forgery and the pimping of a child. Three of his victims testified at the trial.
"Chauncey promised to take care of me," one of his victims said at the sentencing. "At first he paid for my drug habit and food and let me stay for free. But nothing is free. … He threatened to kill my sister if I didn't work for him — that is when he turned me out. He kept pushing me to sleep with more and more men, up to eight a day. … I couldn't even use the bathroom without someone watching me. Once I didn't eat for three days."
The victim said Price "exploited young girls" and would "continue to do that if he ever gets out."
"Any reasonable good person would have looked at these victims and would have extended sympathy or empathy, but Price only looked at them and saw opportunity," said Senior Deputy District Attorney Kelley Dziedzic. "His victims will live with the repercussions of his actions for the rest of their lives. They have a lifelong struggle ahead of them."
Along with Price, five co-defendants involved in the trafficking ring were previously charged and sentenced. The ring would create counterfeit money and use trafficking victims to pass the money across the state.
"What possible rehabilitation can there be for someone who repeatedly and wantonly engages in this inhuman conduct?" said District Attorney George Brauchler, referring to Price's repeated incarceration and behavior. "Spoiler alert: There is none. This is why we build prisons."
The sentence was handed down by Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade.
"This is not a normal sentence, but this was not a normal crime," Slade said. "You are not a defendant who deserves a minimum sentence. You were a master at victimizing these women… There is absolutely nothing this court can do to make these women whole."