In March 2009, then-16-year-old knife enthusiast John Katehis placed a Craigslist ad offering kinky sex in exchange for money. WABC radio anchor George Weber, two days away from his 48th birthday, took him up on the offer—and paid for it with his life.
Yesterday, Judge Neil J. Firetog gave the Brooklyn teen the maximum sentence, 25 years to life, for killing Weber. Katehis had been seen smiling and winking in both his videotaped confession and during the trial, but before Firetog passed judgment, he asked for forgiveness: “For the death of George Weber, I am sorry,” he said before Weber’s family. “I regret it.”
Katehis will serve 23 years before he’s even eligible for parole (he’s already spent two years in jail). That means if he has to wait another six years before getting sprung, he’ll be the same age Weber was when he murdered him. That should be long enough for him to think about his heinous crime.
Rest in peace, George Weber.
Image via Katehis’ MySpace Page