A convicted New Jersey serial killer who used dating apps to lure his victims during a 2016 murder spree was sentenced Wednesday to 160 years in prison.
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, told the court that he was framed for the murders of three women, but remained seated after the state judge sentenced him in Newark.
Before the victims’ family members Robin West and Sarah Butler read emotional statements, Wheeler-Weaver learned of his fate for three murders, one count of attempted murder and kidnapping, arson and desecration of human remains.
Tiffany Taylor, who survived the killer’s attack, shares her trauma with the courtroom.
“My whole life is different; I no longer wear makeup; I don’t have friends. I’m always crazy But I’m still happy to be here,” Taylor said.
“I hope you show him no remorse, because he is showing no remorse,” she pleaded with Superior Court Judge Mark S. Ali.
Prosecutors said Wheeler-Weaver strangled and dumped their bodies in northern New Jersey between September and December 2016 after meeting three women for online sex.
“The defendant believed that these victims were disposable. They were killed and then he went about his day as if nothing had happened,” said Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Adam Wells. “But each of these women’s lives matter.”
Investigators credit college student Butler’s friends with using social media to implicate Wheeler-Weaver and setting up a fake account to lure him to Montclair.
West’s mother, Anita Mason, remembered her 19-year-old daughter with promise.
The Philadelphia woman was sitting in a car with Wheeler-Weaver, hours before her murder and was dumped in an abandoned home in downtown Orange that was set on fire by the killer, the court found.
“I will never forget her smile, her face, her walk, her desire to help the homeless,” Mason said on Wednesday. “The world focuses on the last month of his life. He had his whole life before his death. Hundreds of people were affected by his life and saddened by his death.”
Newark resident Joan Brown, 33, was strangled by Wheeler-Weaver less than two months later, and her body was also dumped in an abandoned Orange House.
The 20-year-old butler went missing around Thanksgiving 2016 and his body was later found in a wooded area.
Her father, Victor, turned to Wheeler-Weaver in court and delivered a personal message.
“I hope you suffer every night, boy.”
with ap wires