Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2004

Missourian given 16-year sentence in death of son, 11

February 5, 2004

Last month, Leavenworth County District Court Judge Frederick Stewart found Raymond Boothe guilty of an intentional second-degree murder charge.

On Friday, Jan. 30, Stewart sentenced Boothe to serve the next 16 years of his life in prison for doing it.

The charges against Boothe, of Cameron, Mo., stem from an August 27, 2002 attack in which he stabbed his 11-year-old son, Levi, with needle nose pliers 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.

Originally, Boothe was charged with first-degree murder for the slaying, but prosecutors later amended the charges.

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 in August 2002; the jail time will be subtracted from his sentence. Prosecutors said he may also earn additional time off his sentence for good behavior.

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