Man convicted of killing 3 women, attacking 4th sentenced to 160 years in prison

An Essex County man has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for the murder of three women and the assault of another.

News 12 Staff

Oct 6, 2021, 3:46 PM

Updated 918 days ago

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An Essex County man has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for the murder of three women and the assault of another.
Judge Mark Ali told the court that everything presented in the case shows that Khalil Wheeler-Weaver shows no signs of rehabilitation. Ali then sentenced the 25-year-old to 160 years in prison.
Wheeler-Weaver killed Sara Butler, Joann Brown and Robin West in 2016. He also attacked Tiffany Taylor, but she was able to escape. The victims’ families spoke at the sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
“My last communication with [Robin] was via text and us telling each other that we love each other. And within two days, she was no longer in the land of the living,” said Anita Mason, Robin West’s mother.
“Sarah was kind. Show him no mercy as he showed the victims no mercy,” said Sara Butler’s mother Laverne Butler. “He deserves the maximum sentencing."
Wheeler-Weaver has always denied that he harmed the women. He said that he was framed by the police and by prosecutors. But this seems to be a hard story to believe after Tiffany Taylor spoke at the hearing.
“It makes me feel like he has no type of remorse about it at all. Like he hasn’t shed a tear about anything he did. And I’m over 100% sure it was him. He told me who he was,” Taylor said.
Wheeler-Weaver is from Orange. In 2016 he was working as a security guard with plans to become a police officer.
The Essex County prosecutor said Wheeler-Weaver arranged to meet the women for sex and then attacked them. The women were drugged and bound with duct tape, according to the prosecutor.
“With the sentence today, we expect he will never walk the streets of Earth ever again,” said acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens.
The prosecutor’s office says it is investigating if there are more victims out there. Wheeler-Weaver will have to provide a DNA sample to help with any future investigations.
Wheeler-Weaver’s attorneys say they plan to file an appeal.


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