Man who threw daughter, 4, off Palos Verdes cliff gets life in prison, 15 years after crime

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Father Sentenced for Throwing 4-Year-Old Daughter Off Cliff

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A man who threw his 4-year-old daughter to her death off a Palos Verdes cliff was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, nearly 15 years after the murder and following three criminal trials.

Cameron John Brown, 53, was sentenced in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for throwing his child Lauren Sarene Key off 120-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes during a hike in November 2000.

He hated the girl's mother and was tired of paying child support, the prosecutor had told the jury, which found him guilty of first-degree murder in May, after deliberating for 1 1/2 days.

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Man who threw daughter, 4, off Palos Verdes cliff gets life in prison, 15 years after crime
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Cameron John Brown, right, listens to his co-counsel attorney Lara Yeretsian during closing arguments in a murder case in LA Superior Court on September 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Cameron John Brown is on trial for murder in connection with the death of his 4-year-old daughter, Laren Sarene Key, who plunged off a 120-foot cliff in Palos Verdes in 2000. In 2006, a jury deadlocked on whether to convict Brown of murder or manslaughter. Prosecutors accuse Brown, a former baggage handler for American Airlines, of throwing the little girl off the cliff to avoid paying child support to her mother. Brown's defense attorneys have argued that Lauren slipped and fell in a tragic accident. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Cameron John Brown, a 53-year-old former airport baggage handler, right, shows no emotion as bailiffs surround him after the verdict is read in the LA Criminal Courts courtroom on May 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Jurors have reached a verdict of guilty in the third trial of the man charged with murdering his 4-year-old daughter by throwing her from a 120-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes nearly 15 years ago. Two previous juries have deadlocked in the case of Cameron John Brown. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Sarah Key-Marer, left, mother of 4-year-old Lauren Sarene Key who was slain in 2000 reacts with her best friend Annette Watling, right, after Cameron John Brown heard a guilty verdict in LA Superior Court on May 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Jurors have reached the verdict of guilty in the third trial of the man charged with murdering his 4-year-old daughter by throwing her from a 120-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes nearly 15 years ago. Two previous juries have deadlocked in the case of Cameron John Brown. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Sarah Key-Marer, mother of the victim, takes the witness stand during the third murder trial for Cameron John Brown in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Brown is charged with the murder of his 4-year-old daughter, who fell to her death in 2000 from a 120-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images).
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Cameron John Brown listens during opening statements in his third murder trial in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Brown is charged with the murder of his 4-year-old daughter, who fell to her death in 2000 from a 120-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images).
Cameron Brown, left, enters Torrance, Calif., Superior Court for his arraignment Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003. He is charged with capital murder in the death of his daughter, Lauren Key-Marer, 4, who plunged to her death from a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes three years ago. (AP Photo/Brad Graverson, Pool)
Cameron Brown sits in Torrance, Calif., Superior Court for his arraignment Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003. He is charged with capital murder in the death of his daughter, Lauren Key-Marer, 4, who plunged to her death from a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes three years ago. At right is public defender John Mattingly. (AP Photo/Brad Graverson, POOL)
In this aerial photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff motorcade delivers Jurors to the archery range near Inspiration Point in the trial of Cameron Brown, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The third trial for Brown who is accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter, who plunged to her death off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
FILE- In this May 7, 2015, file photo, defendant Cameron Brown, left, and Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, watch as jurors make a site visit to the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend areas during his third trial in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Jurors found Brown guilty Wednesday, May 13, on murder charges in the death of his 4-year-old daughter Lauren in November 2000. Two previous juries had deadlocked over whether Brown was guilty of murder or manslaughter. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
Judge George Lomeli takes notes as he walks with jurors during a site visit to the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend areas in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., during the trial of Cameron Brown, Thursday, May 7, 2015. It is the third trial for Brown who is accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter, who plunged to her death off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
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He was also found to have killed his daughter for financial gain and to have lied in wait, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said at the time of the verdict.

The jury visited the Rancho Palos Verdes cliff from which the girl fell — Inspiration Point. That was an important factor in jurors' decision, the foremantold the Los Angeles Times in May.

"It didn't seem likely that a 4-year-old girl would be up there playing on the ledge," the foreman said.

Two previous juries had found Brown guilty but had deadlocked on whether to convict the defendant of murder or involuntary manslaughter.

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