A defendant described as the North Jersey serial killer who preyed on victims by using dating apps was sentenced to 160 years in prison by an Essex County Judge on Wednesday. The sentences covered three murders, one attempted murder and other counts including kidnapping, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains.
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver was convicted in December 2019 of three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of three young women he killed between August and November of 2016, desecration of human remains, and the kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted murder of a fourth woman.
The sentencing was preceded by emotional statements from family members of victims Robin West and Sarah Butler. “The purpose of this sentence is that he never walks free in society again,” Judge Mark Ali told a Newark courtroom [Northjersey.com].
According to evidence laid out at trial by prosecutors, Wheeler-Weaver, then 20, used the dating apps to lure the women for sex and then strangled them. Their bodies were discovered between September and December 2016 in northern New Jersey. Particularly crucial to the case was Wheeler-Weaver’s cellphone, which placed him where the victims disappeared and where their bodies were later found.
Tiffany Taylor, a fourth woman who survived an attack, testified at Wheeler-Weaver’s trial. She provided crucial information that facilitated detectives, since the details of her attack were similar to those of the other victims, Fox News reported [Law Officer].
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