Man convicted of murder sentenced for killing babysitter

DAYTON — UPDATE @ 11:54 a.m.:

A man convicted of killing a babysitter last March was sentenced to 61 years to life in prison Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Chuckie Lee, 40, was sentenced on murder, felonious assault and gun charges for the death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg.

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“Should you live to be 101, you’ll be under the authority of the state parole board,” Judge Gregory Singer told Lee.

Singer called the incident the “worst form of offenses, spraying a street with bullets.”

Brandenburg’s family addressed the court and made victim impact statements before Lee’s sentence was announced.

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Her family said that Brandenburg was much more than a babysitter, and that she also was a registered dental assistant and a daughter, sister, niece and cousin to them.

A cousin of Brandenburg addressed Lee and said the family has seen no remorse and was sickened by him portraying himself as a victim.

The family requested the maximum sentence for Lee.

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Lee declined to comment during the sentencing.


The man found guilty of killing woman babysitting last March is scheduled to be sentenced today.

The jury of six men and six women determined Chuckie Lee was guilty on all counts and specifications for the March 12, 2017, death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg, who was babysitting her cousin’s children at a home on Huffman Avenue when she was struck by two bullets out of 37 fired during the incident.

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The jury had the case for about two hours after closing arguments and instructions before announcing it reached a verdict.

“It’s gratifying, but it’s bittersweet,” Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor John Amos said while speaking for the family, who declined comment.

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Lee represented himself in the case, and he became emotional when testifying on his own behalf.

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