Garrick Brown told a judge Wednesday he hoped someday his family will forgive him.
“I know I did a horrible thing,” Brown said Thursday to District Judge Michelle Leavitt.
The 28-year-old pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder in the October 2008 stabbing death of his mother, 61-year-old Raymarie Geraldine Brown.
Leavitt sentenced Garrick Brown to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.
As part of the sentence, Leavitt recognized that the defendant suffers from mental illness and ordered that he be separated from the general prison population and receive appropriate treatment.
Before the murder, Garrick Brown had an extensive criminal history with Las Vegas police, including numerous arrests for drug possession, domestic violence, and one instance of battery on a police officer.
Police were called to Raymarie Geraldine Brown’s southwest valley home nine times in 2008 before she was stabbed to death. Five of the calls were for family disturbances. Garrick Brown also had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence battery with substantial bodily harm at the time of the incident.
Raymarie Geraldine Brown called police about 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 2008. She said that her son had attacked her.
Police arrived at the home on the 6300 block of Haleh Avenue, near Jones Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road, to find her on the floor bleeding. She later died at a local hospital.