Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Father enters guilty plea to charges in Lawrence

February 16, 2005

A Missouri man who stabbed his disabled son and left him to die on the Kansas Turnpike pleaded guilty Thursday to later wrecking his car in Lawrence in an attempt to kill himself, his other son and two daughters.

Raymond Boothe, 36, told Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone he couldn't remember much about that night other than thinking he was driving "to heaven."

Boothe, who has a history of mental illness, pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated battery. He had been charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Dan Dunbar, assistant district attorney, recommended Boothe's likely 150-month sentence, or 12 1/2 years, be served concurrent with the 195-month sentence, or 16 years, he's already serving for the death of his 11-year-old son, Levi, who's body was found Aug. 28, 2002, alongside the turnpike in Leavenworth County.

Boothe's court-appointed attorney, Mark Manna, said a police report indicated Boothe was driving 97 mph when his car struck curbing near 27th Street and Lawrence Avenue, flipping end over end.

"I thought we were (driving) to heaven," Boothe said. "I'm being honest."

Malone will sentence Boothe on March 4. He is not required to accept the terms in the plea bargain.

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