Archive for Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Father sentenced for death of son, 11

February 4, 2004

A Missouri man has been sentenced in the death of his developmentally disabled son, whose body was found 17 months ago along the Kansas Turnpike.

On Friday, Leavenworth County District Judge Frederick Stewart ordered Raymond Boothe to serve the next 16 years of his life in prison.

Boothe had earlier pled guilty to a charge of committing intentional second-degree murder.

In August 2002, Boothe of Cameron, Mo., stabbed his son, Levi, with needle nose pliers and left the boy on the side of Interstate 70 in southern Leavenworth County.

Several hours after he stabbed Levi, Boothe intentionally wrecked his car in Lawrence.

His three other children were inside the vehicle at the time.

Before the court Friday morning, Boothe apologized for the crime, prosecutors said.

Boothe underwent a psychiatric examination at the Larned State Hospital where health officials found him competent to stand trial.

His lawyer, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, contended his client was not mentally fit for trial.

Boothe has been in jail since the attack against his son, which occurred in August 2002.

The time he has been incarcerated will be subtracted from his sentence. Leavenworth County prosecutors said he may also earn additional time off his sentence for good behavior.

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