Two face sentencings in murder of Missaukee County baby
The two people charged in the murder of a one-year-old boy in Missaukee County were sentenced Monday.
Cole Gilde, of Osceola County, and Brittani Grabon, of Missaukee County, appeared in a Missaukee County courtroom Monday for sentencing in the murder of Payton Disbrow.
Grabon, the child's mother, was sentenced to no less than 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of her 14-month-old son.
Grabon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Nov. 2013 and was scheduled to testify against Gilde, her former boyfriend, if he were to go to trial.
Gilde was sentenced to no less than 35 but no more than 60 years in prison. Gilde pleaded no contest to the second-degree murder in April. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
"I feel better," said Payton's paternal Grandmother, Anna Schempke-Bell. "Payton can rest in peach and like I said in there, it doesn't matter how long they serve, there's never going to be enough justice but I got something for Payton."
Gilde was accused of intentionally hitting the 14-month-old child in the face and mouth. Investigators also said Gilde knew the child was in a "sickened and debilitated state" and did not help the child get medical treatment.
Bell had emotional words for both Gilde and Grabon in court on Monday.
"I really hope you forgive yourself some day," she said to Grabon. "I will forgive you, but not now."
"You won't get a tear out of me," Bell said to Gilde. "Because you're not winning. As of today I can lay Payton to rest and he will get justice."
Grabon was extremely emotional as Bell spoke to her, and again when Judge William Fagerman announced her sentence.
"I lost the most precious thing to me," Grabon said through tears. "I loved my son. (Not Audible) slip through my fingers. And I made the biggest mistake of my life. And there's no changing that. He deserved better...and I didn't give him that."
Gilde showed very little emotion in court on Monday. When Judge Fagerman announced his sentence he became visibly upset.
Deputies were called to Cadillac Mercy Hospital in Dec. 2012 on calls of a dead infant. Deputies reported when the child's body arrived at the hospital, it was badly beaten, bruised, and severely neglected.
Because of the extent of the injuries, the prosecutor said the autopsy took nearly five months to complete.