Convicted killer Daniel Clay sentenced to life in prison
MONROE, Mich. —
The man convicted of killing Chelsea Bruck was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday.
Daniel Clay was found guilty of first-degree murder in May, more than two years after Bruck's body was found in a remote area.
"I will live with this every day for the remainder of my life, it'll be something I wake up thinking about, something I will go to sleep thinking about," Clay told Chelsea's mother Leannda in court.
"We've done that every day for 33 months," she replied.
"I'm sorry for everything," said Clay.
It was an apology that seemingly meant very little to Judge Daniel White.
"You are a liar, a rapist and killer," he told Clay.
Bruck went missing on October 26, 2014 after attending a Halloween party in Monroe. Six months later, her body was found in northern Monroe County.
Clay was taken into custody in July of last year and found guilty in May.
"We still expect her to walk in the back door," said Leannda Bruck at a post-sentencing news conference. "I have to stay strong for Chelsea's siblings. My daughter-in-law, my sons-in-law, my grandchildren -- my future grandchildren."
Mrs. Bruck, who frequently references her faith, gave Clay a bible in court -- and said she forgives the man who killed her daughter.
"We all have to stand before our lord some day and answer for what we did and did not do."
Clay is still awaiting sentencing in an unrelated sexual assault case, for which he has been found guilty.