"IF ANYONE IS A DEMON IT IS CHRIS BUTLER."
KAMLOOPS - The man who pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the beating and strangling death of his girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison, but a judge will now decide when he will be eligable for parole.
At Christopher Frank Butler's, 42, sentencing hearing today, July 11, in Kamloops Supreme Court Judge Keith Bracken heard arguments from both the Crown and defence lawyers, as well as a victim impact statement from the victim's father.
Bracken is expected to deliver his decision on parole eligibility by the end of the month.
Butler murdered his ex-partner Deanne Wheeler in 2014 by stabbing her several times with a knife, strangling her with a fan cord and a wire and beating her head with a rock. He claimed Wheeler was possessed by a demon and he needed to kill her in order to kill the demon. He appeared in court today wearing a cross around his neck.
Butler will receive a life sentence for second degree murder, but the judge must decide when he will be eligable for parole.
Crown prosecutor Alex Janse asked for a parole ineligibility of 12 to 14 years and defence is looking for 10 to 12 years.
Wheeler's father, Elwin, read a victim impact statement to the court saying his daughter should still be here today.
"Deanne should still be alive. If anyone is a demon it is Chris Butler," Elwin says. "He wanted her to die so maybe no one could have her. Well, we don't have her and neither does he."
Wheeler's family is hoping Butler will have to spend the maximum amount of time behind bars before he sees the light of day and they will be put at ease when the case finally comes to a close.
"It's been very stressful," he says.
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