SPOKANE, WASH. - After more than six years, on Thursday a federal judge sentenced former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson to 51 months (4 years, 3 months) in the beating death of disabled janitor Otto Zehm.
U.S. Trial Attorney Victor Boutros was among the first to speak at the sentencing hearing this morning and he used his time to emphasize why he feels it's important for Karl Thompson to be sentenced to 9-11 years in prison.
The family members of Otto Zehm also had a chance to address the judge.
"Saturday March 18th, 2006 changed my life," Dale Zehm said. "I continue to struggle with what Otto went through in the last hour of his life."
Dale Zehm concluded his remarks by looking right into Karl Thompson's eyes and he said this:
"I wonder how Mr. Thompson would have felt as a parent if this would have happened to his child?"
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