For fatally shooting his friend on a day he called the worst day of his life, Gary Butler will spend the next 30 years of his life in prison.
Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp handed down the sentence this afternoon, a month after a jury convicted Butler of second degree murder in the Jan. 20, 2011 shooting death of 22-year-old Tabitha Hamilton in the driveway of her Riviera Beach home. Prosecutor Andy Slater had argued that Butler should be sentenced to life in prison, but Rapp opted for a sentence closer to the 25-year minimum mandatory sentence his attorney Tom Weiss had asked for.
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