2014 News Releases

Former Independence man sentenced to life in prison under Jessica’s Law

Release Date: Aug 22, 2014

INDEPENDENCE – (August 22, 2014) – A former Independence man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years under Jessica’s Law for aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under 14 years old, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. 

 Steven Paul Butler, 50, currently of Joplin, Missouri, was sentenced by Judge F. William Cullins in Montgomery County District Court for aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under 14 years old. Cullins also ordered Butler to lifetime registration as a sex offender. Butler was found guilty of this crime by a jury in June 2014. 

 The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Kelly McPherron of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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