Watching via video conference from Pennsylvania, Ed Mead made one final request before the man who killed and dismembered his daughter was sentenced in a Boulder courtroom Friday.
“I‘d like to know if he‘d tell us where the rest of her remains are.”
Mead asked that of the man believed to have scattered parts of his 25-year-old daughter‘s body between Louisiana and Oklahoma. But when the judge in Boulder gave Densmore the chance to speak, he remained silent yet again.
For Ashley Mead‘s family, punishment — and not answers — will have to do for now, as Densmore, 33, was formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for the murder and dismemberment of his ex-girlfriend.
Densmore , tampering with a human body, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse following a three-week trial in Boulder District Court.
The first-degree murder count is a Class 1 felony that carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, so Judge Judith LaBuda had no choice other than to order that Densmore spend the rest of his days behind bars.
“That‘s absolutely what he deserves,” Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty said after the sentencing.
Mead was last seen in Boulder on Feb. 12, 2017, and was reported missing two days later when she failed to show up for work. Her torso was found stuffed in a suitcase that had been left in a dumpster in Oklahoma.
The rest of Mead‘s body has never been found.
Prosecutors said Densmore killed Mead at their apartment in Boulder before driving her body to his family‘s home in Louisiana, where he dismembered it. He then drove from Louisiana to Oklahoma, dumping evidence and body parts along the way before he ultimately was found and arrested in Oklahoma.
Adam Densmore is lead out of court at the Boulder County Justice Center after being sentenced to life in prison Friday for the murder of Boulder‘s Ashley Mead. ()
“We are talking about the taking of a human life,” Assistant District Attorney Ken Kupfner said during his brief statement to the court. “Ashley‘s mom, dad, sister, all of her family and friends, will never hug her again, will never see her smile, will never hear her laugh.”
While the murder sentence was never in question, Kupfner still asked LaBuda to make the sentence on the dismemberment counts follow, at least on paper, Densmore‘s life sentence.
“I think it‘s important to send a message that it‘s a distinct and separate act with distinct and separate consequences, what he did to Ashley Mead‘s remains,” Kupfner said. “It means her family, her friends never got to say goodbye, never got closure.”
LaBuda agreed with Kupfner, sentencing Densmore to an additional 12 years — the maximum allowed — for tampering with a human body. She also sentenced Densmore one year in prison to be served concurrently with those 12 years on the evidence charge and one year in jail with credit for time served on the corpse-abuse charge.
Other than objecting to the sentences being imposed consecutively, neither Densmore nor his attorneys addressed the court.
Dougherty said that, while prosecutors would follow up should Densmore ever reveal any more information, he said it‘s unlikely, based on Densmore‘s conduct.
“(Mead‘s father) offered him the opportunity today,” Dougherty said. “I can‘t think of a better opportunity.”
In addition to the sentence, prosecutors filed a motion seeking more than $316,582.61 in restitution for the cost of prosecution. In addition to the costs incurred by the courts and the Boulder District Attorney‘s Office, the Boulder Police Department spent more than $200,000 on for the rest of Mead‘s body.