Archive for Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Boothe pleads no-contest

December 31, 2003

A Cameron, Mo., man charged in Leavenworth County District Court with killing his 11-year-old son pleaded no contest to the charges Dec. 24.

Raymond Boothe pleaded no contest to intentional second degree murder, prosecutors said. He will be sentenced Jan. 30; sentencing guidelines mandate a sentence of 147 to 165 months in prison, prosecutors said.

Boothe originally was charged with first-degree murder in the boy's death. Prosecutors said Boothe stabbed his son, Levi, with needle nose pliers on Aug. 27, 2002, and left the boy on the side of Interstate 70 in southern Leavenworth County.

After he stabbed his son, Boothe wrecked his car in Lawrence. Three other children were inside the vehicle.

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

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