Teen sentenced for stabbing of RHS senior; Butler's statement
Dakota Butler will spend the next five years in a juvenile detention facility for fatally stabbing 17-year-old Cody Casey March 13.
The 16-year-old Butler pleaded guilty in a hearing May 19. He also received a 150 month stayed adult sentence that will be imposed if he does not follow all of the requirements of his sentence. He has been ordered to pay restitution and to write a letter of apology.
According to police reports, Casey, armed with a rock-weighted sock, rode his bike to Butler's home after school March 13. He was looking for Butler's older brother, who was not there. When Casey refused to leave, Butler went into the house and came out with a knife. Butler again told Casey to leave and swung the sock. Butler stabbed Casey several times with the serrated, six-inch blade before his brother, Zachary Butler-Martinez, pulled him away.
Casey got back onto his bike but only made it about a block before collapsing in the boulevard along Dodd Boulevard. Passers-by flagged down a passing Rosemount police officer and ran to the nearby Rosemount Fire Station to call for help. Casey died later at Regions Hospital.
Witnesses pointed police toward Butler's home.
Butler-Martinez, 17, has been charged with aiding an offender for reportedly hiding the knife his younger brother used to stab Casey. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 9.
Look for a full story in the May 23 issue of the Town Pages.
This is the statement Dakota Butler read at his hearing Monday morning.
To Cody's family and friends, I want to apologize for what I have done to you. My actions were inhuman and just flat-out wrong. I know what I did was evil and I will accept all the consequences for it. My actions were not fair to you. I have stolen something that is irreplaceable and for that I will accept my time and I will try to pay for the cost.
Every single day I have to live with knowing that I have done something so disgusting and unfair to someone and his family. Every single day I have to live with regret, shame, and all the other emotions that could break someone down into depression. And for the last 67 days, I have been praying for forgiveness, I pray for mercy, I pray for justice, not only for me, but for his family. I know, I have the knowledge and understanding, that forgiveness will not come easy or possibly at all, and I really can't blame you. I can't even forgive myself.
To sum up, no words of apology, no painful emotion, no tears from my eyes will ever amount to this loss that I have been living with every single day as you guys have, and I will continue to live with it for the rest of my life. But I do deserve it. I actually deserve worse for what I have done.
I just want to say, again, that I'm sorry, and with every fiber muscle in my body, I apologize, and I have been praying for you guys every single day so it wouldn't be so hard on you.