Saturday, August 13, 2011

Teresa Butz's Murderer Sentenced to Life Without Possibility of Parole

At the end of his 2011 Tony acceptance speech, Norbert Leo Butz now starring in Catch Me if You Can on Broadway until September when the production closes, remembered his sister, who he thinks of every night.

Teresa Butz and her partner Jennifer Hopper were peacefully sleeping in their Seattle home in summer 2009 when a deranged and mentally disturbed murderer entered their home and sexually brutalized them repeatedly. Mortally wounded, Teresa Butz distracted the murderer by diving out of a window so that her partner could escape.

Yesterday, the murderer - Isaiah Kalebu - was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder. He also received an additional sentence for the rape of both women. The death penalty was not sought due to Kalebu's history of mental illness.

While this sentence will not bring back Teresa Butz, hopefully Norbert Leo Butz will have some solace tonight as he remembers his sister, and Jennifer Hopper (now 38 and still unable to sleep alone) continues to try to move on.

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