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8 Friday, August 19, 2011 West Seattle Herald South Park killer gets life in prison without parole ByTy Swenson Isaiah Kalebu, the man found guilty of aggravated first degree murder in the July 2009 rape and knife attack of two women in South Park, killing Teresa Butz and severely injuring her partner- was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Aug. 12 by Judge Michael Hayden at the King County Courthouse. Kalebu sat mostly expression- less with padded mitts over his hands, bound to a wheelchair with restraints (due to prior outbursts in court) as the murder victim's father Norbert Butz, brother Jim Butz and her partner and survivor of the hor- rific attack, Jennifer Hopper, gave impact statements to the court. Butz's partner's name was withheld by media since the attack but she revealed herself as Jennifer Hopper in a powerful story written for The Stranger on Aug. 9, rifled "I Would Like You to Know My Name; How My Life Changed After That Night in South Park." aShe was really a blessing from God that Isaiah took from us. He took her life but he couldn't take her spirit and soul. Norbert Butz, Father of Teresa Butz The following information was gathered from a live feed of the sentencing at Teresa's father Norbert Butz said, "She was really a bless- ing from God that Isaiah took from us. He took her life but he couldn't take her spirit and soul." "I still don't forgive him, I don't excuse what he did, but I have prayed that the darkness in his mind and his soul ... I just hope at some point in his life that a light turns on and that he at least acknowledges that he did a dastardly diabolical deed and Teresa's gone and beautiful Jen- nifer has to live with this for her lifetime. And our family's prayer WE BUY, SELL 6, TRADE USED RECORDS, CDS & DVDS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK :. AND WE MAKE HOUESCALLS! EMAtL MATT@EASYSTREETON LINE.COM OR STOP BY AT 4559 CALIFORNIA AVE. S.W. OR 20 MERCER STREET! for Jennifer is that God gives her " a healing of memories, that He just kind of blocks out the hor- rible hour and a half..." Jim Butz, Teresa's younger brother in a family of eleven chil- dren, addressed the court next. He spoke of living with Teresa as a young troubled man and the guidance she gave him during that period - encouragement that led him to the decision to become a pastor, the profession he is cur- rently studying for. "Isaiah I know that I'm a sinner and I have no right to judge you and I swear that I have prayed for you every day since this hap- pened and I pray that you will hope to learn the love of Jesus Christ and I hope to see you in heaven," Jim said to Kalebu. "I'11 be there," Kalebu respond- ed. Hopper's story in The Stranger goes into detail on her struggle with what she would say to Kale- bu on the day of his sentencing, and ultimately she told him, "I do wish you peace and I do not hate you. t am so sorry for whatever it is in your life that brought you to this but I do say with every ounce of my being that I am glad that you will never be around to hurt me or anyone else again. And I wish I could say to you that I have not been broken ... but piec- es of me are and will always be." "I wish you peace every last day of your life," she said. In addition to the sentence of life in prison without the pos- sibility of parole or release for aggravated murder, Judge Hayden, saying he was unable to impose consecutive life sen- tences, imposed an additional 1186 months of confinement for the attempted murder and rape of Jennifer Hopper. The additional time is to be served concurrently with Kalebu's life sentence. Ty Swenson can be reached at policeblotter @ robinsonnews. com. . | i Veterinary HospRa. EE LIVING ]HE EASY LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN At Burien Town Square, you'll indulge in a maintenance-free environment that lets you focus on what matters: Living. ]2': ,t /L'// icl/ /;/H:t/ ,iqtt,/i u :l(/rv Visit the Sales Center or go to Pricing from the $120s to $420s 1] eeme, flo0r  w'awaty 'l dm/m ,je  o'w,e vaem nw:e. %t00ix ST lq Q u,t,