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Son sentenced to life for killing mother


Kirk Levin will spend the rest of his life, behind prison walls, for brutally stabbing and strangling his mother to death.

Back in a state-issued orange jumpsuit, after spending the trial in street clothes, Levin faced a judge for the final time, Friday.

"Do you want to say anything before I pronounce judgment and sentence," Hon. Timothy Finn asked Levin.

"No, your honor," Levin replied.

Friday, for the first time, we heard what his family thinks of his crime and life-sentence.  They crowded in the courtroom.   His grandmother, the mother of Marilyn Schmitt sat directly behind Levin.  The family's victim coordinator read the impact statements of Sandy Schmitt, along with Marilyn brothers' and sister's to the court.

"All you think about is how you're going to fulfill your evil, selfish desires," wrote Sandy Schmitt.

"If there was one person who cared about your life the most, it was your mother, and you murdered her," wrote Mike & Mark Schmitt.

"You killed her, and I hope you spend the rest of your life behind bars.  Then, you will never be able to hurt anyone every again," stated Molly Heneman, Marilyn's sister.

Sandy Schmitt had harsh words for her grandson, but also blamed the system for letting Levin out of prison in the past, without rehabilitating him.

"Marilyn would still be with us, if you, Kirk, could have been locked up permanently.  Thank the Lord that the jury found you guilty of 1st degree murder. So, you will never have a chance to hurt anyone else," she added.

Levin's other victim, Jessica Vega bravely addressed her kidnapper.

"Even though I have a reason to hate you, I don't," said Vega.

Just like the trial, Levin stared straight ahead, showing no emotion.  Vega wanted something more.

"Kirk can you please look at me," she asked.  "I forgive you."

Judge Timothy Finn was not so forgiving.

"This obviously was an absolutely horrible, viscous, mean, vindictive crime," Finn said to Levin.

Levin also received a 10-year concurrent sentence for the kidnapping conviction.


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