DETROIT (WWJ) – The 24-year-old man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her body in a trash container has been sentenced to 70 to 100 years in prison.
After discussing his prior criminal offenses, Wayne Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway on Tuesday sentenced Maxwell Brack, a month after he was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Kajavia Globe.
“The last 10 years of that 70 year sentence, that’s for the smile,” Hathaway said, referring to Brack’s reaction to the guilty verdict. “Despicable.”
Prior to learning his punishment, Brack again insisted he had nothing to do with Globe’s death.
“I’m innocent. I didn’t do this. To address the smiling in the courtroom, there was an incident with a deputy who was uttering some things to me. … I don’t think it was funny that I was found guilty,” he said. “Everything I do and say gets misconstrued in some type of negative way.”
Globe, 24, was reported missing by her family on Dec. 11, 2015. Her body was found three days later in a trash container behind a location in the 18500 block of Fielding Street on Detroit’s west side, in the area of 7 Mile Road and Evergreen.
The day she went missing, Globe was last seen around noon leaving her work in the area of McNichols Road and the Southfield Freeway, according to police, driving a gold 2003 Chevrolet Impala.
Chilling surveillance photos taken the evening Globe disappeared show someone in a skeleton mask using her bank card to withdraw cash at a drive-through ATM at 7 Mile Road and Telegraph.
Then, on Dec. 14, the vehicle was found abandoned near Chatham and Fenkell on Dec. 14, just hours before Globe’s body was discovered. Police said evidence that a crime was committed was found in the car.
Brack denied any involvement in Globe’s death, testifying during the trial that he had no reason to kill her and denying that he’d ever assaulted her.
Prosecutors argued Brack was angry when he discovered that Globe took a video of them having sex and sent it to his new girlfriend. The Wayne County Medical Examiner was not able to determine how Globe died.
Prior handing down the sentence, Hathaway listened as Globe’s sisters and mother delivered emotional victim impact statements.
“I’m torn apart. I don’t sleep at night no more,” said A’nia Lawrence, Globe’s youngest sister. “I just hope that, excuse me, but I just hope that a broom get stick up his butt every day. I hope that he suffers. I just really hope he suffers.”
Alandria Burns, the middle child, said facing life without her older sister is the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.
“I lost my backbone. I lost everything. I have my younger sister but nothing compares,” she said, sobbing. “I know its something I shouldn’t wish for myself but if he could have just had me, too and we would have been together. Because I know what happened to her, she was scared and she was afraid and nobody was there to help her. If I was there, it would have been two of us but I know I would have been there with my sister.”
But perhaps the most moving statement came from Globe’s mother LaShonda, who screamed that Brack was “the devil.”
“He was whopping my daughter’s ass, excuse me your honor,” she said. “He was abusive. He broke her nose. He was taking her down. He was destroying her life and when she decided to say goodbye to Maxwell, he took her life. … The control that he had, he saw that it was leaving him. It was gone and he couldn’t handle that. So he took her life, because his life wasn’t about nothing.”
LaShonda Globe said the way her daughter’s body was disposed of was meant to hurt her personally.
“When he put my baby in that dumpster, that was something to me because I always told him in his face he was trash. He was bringing my baby down,” she said. “He don’t care he took my baby. And she was so dumb, she loved this monster.”
Before being cut off by the judge, LaShonda Globe delivered one final plea.
“I hate this man. This man has destroyed my family. This man has took something from me that he can never give back. And I ask you mercy. Give this man life,” she said.
Judge Hathaway was clearly moved, saying the sentencing guidelines that called for 46 to 47 years were “not sufficient at all.”
“You seemed to have complete control over your trial with your defense attorney. There were all kinds of demands that you were making, demands at times I found, really, just despicable. But I knew that that defense attorney was doing exactly what you were asking him to do, and that was put on a show. Put on a show where another human being has been murdered. That’s despicable. … And then to top it off, as soon as that jury said guilty of second-degree murder, there’s a smile between you and your lawyer. Despicable,” she said. “It was sad — sad to see our legal system used, misused in that way. For a show. And in this courtroom, I take that very seriously.”