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Convicted serial killer Khalil Wheeler-Weaver will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
According to the Associated Press, a New Jersey judge on Wednesday sentenced the 25-year-old to 160 years in prison for a massacre that left three people dead. The conviction was announced nearly four years after Wheeler-Weaver was charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, as well as kidnapping and aggravated arson. and charges of desecration of human remains.
Prosecutors said the man used a fake dating profile to lure and kill his victims: Sarah Butler, 20, Robin West, 19, and Joanne Brown, 33. Wheeler-Weaver is believed to have committed the murders between August and November 2016. He was arrested in December of the same year after a friend of the victim created a fake social media account to lure the suspect to the police.
Tiffany Taylor, a fourth victim who survived an attack, spoke at the Wheeler-Weaver sentencing hearing and explained how the incident affected her over the years.
“My whole life is different; I don’t wear makeup anymore; I have no friends. I’m still paranoid, ”she told the court. “But I’m happy to be here again. I hope you show him no remorse, because he shows no remorse.
Wheeler-Weaver pleaded not guilty to the charges and insisted he had been trapped.
“I have sympathy for the victims,” he told Superior Court Judge Mark S. Ali, as reported by NorthJersey.com. “My heart goes out to their family and friends. However, I was not the person who committed these crimes.
The judge dismissed the man’s claims, citing all the evidence in the case, including testimony from more than 40 witnesses and DNA samples taken from Butler’s fingernails.
“The four were bright lights. Three had their lights off forever. The fourth, as she survived, changed her life forever, ”Essex County Acting District Attorney Theodore N. Stephens II said after the conviction. “Today they and their families have received a measure of justice.”