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Mom tells judge her 'heart was ripped out' during sentencing hearing for son's killer

Brandon Brabson was shot and killed June 23, 2020 at the Sable Cove Apartment complex in Aurora.
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AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora man who shot another man in the back of the head was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Cameron Scott Costello, 26, was sentenced Thursday for the murder of Brandon Brabson, who was 33 years old.

Brabson was shot and killed on June 23, 2020 at the Sable Cove Apartment complex in Aurora. On July 28 of this year, a jury found Costello guilty of first-degree murder in Brabson’s death.

“This man with a gun took matters into his own hands and executed a father of three,” said District Attorney John Kellner. “This sentence is appropriate for a murder in cold blood.

“No sentence will bring Mr. Brabson back to his family, but perhaps they can find some healing in putting this phase behind them.”

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Brabson was at the apartment complex that night trying to speak with his former girlfriend, who had a restraining order against him.

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Brandon Brabson

The former girlfriend was disturbed that Brabson was trying to contact her and asked for assistance from friends and neighbors in urging him to leave.

Costello was at the apartment complex to deliver something to his ex-wife, who lived there. He was seen on surveillance video with Brabson moments before he was shot.

When Brabson’s ex-girlfriend heard the gunshot, she and some people who were with her rushed to see what had happened and found Brabson’s body alone and bleeding. They suspected he had killed himself, but no gun was found.

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Cameron Scott Costello

When Costello was arrested, he was in possession of the gun that had killed Brabson.

Brabson’s mother and sister spoke to the court during sentencing on Thursday.

Brabson’s sister spoke of the loss felt by his three daughters, and of the hole in their lives without a father.

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His mother told the judge Costello “ripped my heart out forever.” She spoke of unanswered questions and how her son’s murder “haunts me every hour of every day and every hour of every night since Brandon’s execution.”