Butler sentenced to 13 years in jail for killing ex-girlfriend

By James Peters
July 25, 2016 - 10:01am Updated: July 25, 2016 - 5:41pm

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend will spend at least the next 13 years in prison.

42 year old Christopher Butler was sentenced for second degree murder in BC Supreme Court this morning.

On December 30, 2014, Butler strangled, bludgeoned, and stabbed 26 year old Deanne Wheeler to death in his Cherry Avenue apartment.

During court proceedings, he was made subject to a psychiatric assessment, which resulted in a doctor declaring that he was in his right mind at the time of the killing.

In court this morning, a judge imposed the mandatory life imprisonment, as well as a 13 year period before Butler becomes eligible for parole.

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