Mother gets 26-plus years for murder of daughter

Bethany Butler

Tamara Butler was sentenced on Friday morning to serve 26-plus years for murdering her six-year-old daughter in October, 2014. New legal requirements state that 30 years will be the mandatory equivalent of a life sentence, with adjustments made for aggravating and mitigating circumstances.  Since the sentencing judge must judge state a specific period before a convicted person could apply for conditional release, Justice Alistair Malcolm set that period as 26 years and 191 days.

He first arrived at 28 years and then deducted the one year and 174 days Butler has already been in custody.

Butler will turn 39 on May 19. The sentence means she will be over 65 before she will be eligible to apply for release.

Justice Malcolm raised the 30 years to 34 years because of the mental and physical agony the child must have endured while being stabbed 35 times as she tried to run from her mother.

He said Butler’s paranoid personality lowered her degree of culpability and he reduced the 34 years by six to reach 28 years.

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Details in Monday’s Cayman Compass.

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