A convicted New Jersey serial killer who used dating apps to lure his victims during a 2016 murder spree was sentenced to 160 years in prison Wednesday.
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, told the court he was framed for the murders of three women, but sat still as a state judge handed down the sentence in Newark.
Family members of victims Robin West and Sarah Butler read emotional statements before Wheeler-Weaver learned his fate for the three killings, one attempted murder and counts of kidnapping, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains.
Tiffany Taylor, who survived an attack by the killer, shared her trauma with the courtroom.
“My whole life is different; I don’t wear makeup anymore; I don’t have friends. I’m always paranoid. But I’m happy to still be here,” Taylor said.
“I hope you don’t show him any remorse, because he’s not showing any remorse,” she pleaded with Superior Court Judge Mark S Ali.
Wheeler-Weaver strangled three woman after meeting them for sex online and dumped their bodies in northern New Jersey between September and December 2016, prosecutors said.
“The defendant believed these victims were disposable. They were killed and then he went on about his day as if nothing had happened,” Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Adam Wells said. “But each of these women’s lives mattered.”
Investigators credited friends of Butler, a college student, for using social media to set up a fake account to bait Wheeler-Weaver and lure him to Montclair.
West’s mother, Anita Mason, remembered her 19-year-old daughter as full of promise.
The Philadelphia woman got into a car with Wheeler-Weaver hours before she was murdered and dumped in an abandoned house in the city of Orange that the killer set on fire, the court found.
“I will never forget her smile, her face, her walk, her desire to help homeless people,” Mason said Wednesday. “The world focuses on the last month of her life. She had a whole entire life before her demise. Hundreds of people were affected by her life and were saddened by her death.”
Newark resident Joanne Brown, 33, was strangled by Wheeler-Weaver less than two months later, and her body was also dumped in an abandoned Orange house.
Butler, 20, disappeared around Thanksgiving 2016 and her body was later found in a wooded area.
Her father Victor turned to Wheeler-Weaver in court and delivered a personal message.
“I hope you suffer, boy, every night.”
With AP wires
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