A 30-year-old man is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison after a Colorado judge handed down one of the longest sentences ever for human trafficking.
Chauncey Price was sentenced Oct. 8 to 304 years to life in the Colorado Department of Corrections for his role as the leader of a human trafficking and forgery ring, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
In December 2019, a Douglas County jury found Price guilty on multiple counts, including violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, trafficking a minor for sexual servitude, criminal attempt to commit pimping of a child, criminal attempt to commit patronizing a prostituted child and three counts of forgery.
“This is not a normal sentence, but this was not a normal crime. You are not a defendant who deserves a minimum sentence,” Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade told Price during sentencing, according to a news release issued Thursday. “You were a master at victimizing these women. … There is absolutely nothing this court can do to make these women whole.”
According to the news release, five co-defendants linked to Price’s criminal ring were previously charged and sentenced. The ring was also involved in producing counterfeit currency and used the trafficking victims to pass the fake money at businesses across the state. Two co-defendants also received sentences for forgery. Drug charges were included in two other cases.Price’s long sentence was enhanced by his status as a prior convicted felon as the court saw him as a habitual offender.
The longest sentence in a human trafficking case was given by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Peter Michaelson in 2017 to Brock Franklin. It was 472 years to life in prison, but due to a miscalculation, it was actually 400 years.