JAY, Okla. – A teenage boy accused of stabbing and raping a girl was formally sentenced to spend the rest of his natural life behind bars Tuesday afternoon.
District Court Judge Robert G. Haney sentenced Keighton Jon Budder, 17, of Kansas, to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, another life sentence and 20 years in prison to run consecutively in what Judge Haney called, “the cruelest case I have ever presided over in my 12 years on the bench.”
On April 2, a six-man, six-woman jury found Budder guilty of two counts of first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy and assault and battery with a deadly weapon against a teenage girl who gave him a ride home from a party the night of August 11, 2009.
At the conclusion of that trial, Judge Haney ordered a pre-sentencing investigation that both the prosecuting and defense attorneys referred to today in court proceedings.
Prosecutor for the state, Nick Lelecas claimed that in the report it stated the accused lacked remorse, was sexually violent and recommended that Budder receive the maximum sentence.
Defense attorney Kathy Baker defended her client claiming that the now 17-year-old Budder was 16 at the time of the crime. She said his family life lacked structure and he had ingested a massive amount of alcohol that night. Further, she said he has an acknowledged substance abuse problem.
Judge Haney said he had been around people drinking and in his opinion there are four kinds of alcoholics, “those who drink a whole bunch and get happy, get funny, get quiet, or get mean. It’s my opinion that you are the fourth kind. You just get mean.”
He went on to say that, in his opinion, Budder had no redeeming value other than his age but he saw no reason to let him out of prison to do it again.
Haney went on to say the court of appeals may argue with the consecutive part of the sentencing, but, “not in this court,” he concluded.
Budder will stay incarcerated in the Delaware County jail for 10 days before being transported to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.