By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SAC CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
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
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
"If there was one
person who cared about your life the most, it was your mother, and you murdered
her," wrote Mike & Mark Schmitt.
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.
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,"
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
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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