Mother confronts man convicted of her daughter's murder

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A mother confronts the man convicted of murder in her daughter's death.

Ross Brandon Sluss was sentenced to life in prison in Martin County after a jury convicted him last month.

Last year, police say he was driving under the influence and caused a crash that killed ten year old Destiny Brewer.

Thursday morning, the girl's mother spoke to Sluss before he went to prison.

“You took my very life away from me,” April Brewer said.

April Brewer faced the man in court who took her only child's life.

“I hate you and every breath that you take,” Brewer said.

She showed Ross Brandon Sluss pictures of her daughter Destiny.

“See how happy she was? You took all that. This is where she is now, in Heaven, where you'll never be,” Brewer said.

Last month a jury convicted Sluss of murder, DUI, and four other charges. Prosecutors say last year he was driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed into the SUV carrying Destiny, her grandmother, and two other young girls.

“This wasn't your first go around. Every bit of this is documented downstairs. You've been arrested 26 times in Martin County. Three times in Louisa. We're not stupid,” Brewer said.

Ten year old Destiny Brewer died days after the wreck.

“He feels sorry, wants his condolences to the family. He'd do anything to take it back, but he can't,” Defense Attorney Alvin Fletcher said.

The defense attorney made several motions for a new trial, but the judge denied them all.

The judge sentenced Sluss to life in prison.

“I hope when you fall asleep, my baby's face is the last thing you see. I hope she haunts your every dream for the rest of your life,” Brewer said.

The mother said she will fight any possibility of parole for Sluss.
Sluss' sentences on the other charges will run concurrent with the life sentence.

The jury recommended consecutive, but the judge said Kentucky law states it must be concurrent.

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