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PizDoff
4/06/2006 7:15pm,
Boxer sentenced to nearly 30 years for killing sports journalist

Thu Apr 06, 12:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Boxer James Butler Jr., who fought under the moniker "The Harlem Hammer," was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 30 years in prison for the death of sports journalist Sam Kellerman.

Butler will also pay $17,853 US in funeral expenses to Kellerman's family, $10,000 to the state's victim restitution fund and $11,882 to the owner of the victim's apartment, which was left torched and blood-soaked after the killing, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

Kellerman's body was found in his Hollywood apartment on Oct. 17, 2004, near a hammer.

The 33-year-old boxer pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and arson as jury selection was set to begin in his trial on March 27.

Butler and Kellerman, the 29-year-old younger brother of New York-based boxing expert and ESPN Radio show host Max Kellerman, had been friends and the boxer had been staying at the freelance writer's apartment, police said.

Prosecutors believe the attack came as Butler was having a tough time reviving his career, and was depressed about a souring relationship with his girlfriend, who was the mother of his child, Robison said.

"It's possible Mr. Kellerman asked him to move out or there was a disagreement over how long he could stay with him and it resulted in him picking up a hammer," she said. "The judge called it 'a slaughter."'

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor reduced the sentence of 29 years and four months by 613 days to account for time Butler spent in custody since four days after the killing, said Superior Court spokeswoman Pat Kelly.

Butler has a pro record of 20-5-0, with 12 wins by knockout. He is best known for sucker-punching opponent Richard Grant in November 2001 after losing a charity bout in New York. [/size]

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/06042006/2/sports-boxer-sentenced-nearly-30-years-killing-sports-journalist.html

PizDoff
4/06/2006 7:16pm,
Previous article on the same topic:

'The Harlem Hammer' pleads not guilty to murder with a hammer
http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=18095

Boyd
4/07/2006 7:34pm,
So isn't there, like, a rule that you have to say something about an article instead of just creating 800,000 non-threads about FORMER HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER KNOCKS OVER LIQUOR STORE--FARMER BROWN'S CHICKEN COOP FEARED TO BE IN GRAVE PERIL?

Boyd
4/07/2006 7:36pm,
I'm sorry, that came off as more mean than I intended. It just amazes me how you can suck as much at posting as you do at martial arts. You should be given some kind of medal.

Poop Loops
4/07/2006 8:58pm,
Hammer Smashed Face?

Shard
4/07/2006 11:47pm,
Wonder why a boxer with a record like his would need to use a sledgehammer...

Carpe Noctem
4/10/2006 10:56pm,
Hammer Smashed Face?
"Something....inside...me...it...is coming ouuuuuuut/
I...feel like killing....youuuuuuuuu..."

Cannibal Corpse pwns.:new_blowi

Blooming lotus
4/11/2006 2:51am,
See now thats pretty fuked up !!!

...no wonder ppl take up a martial art..

martialfiend
4/14/2006 5:19am,
Boxer sentenced to nearly 30 years for killing sports journalist

Thu Apr 06, 12:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Boxer James Butler Jr., who fought under the moniker "The Harlem Hammer," was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 30 years in prison for the death of sports journalist Sam Kellerman.

Butler will also pay $17,853 US in funeral expenses to Kellerman's family, $10,000 to the state's victim restitution fund and $11,882 to the owner of the victim's apartment, which was left torched and blood-soaked after the killing, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

Kellerman's body was found in his Hollywood apartment on Oct. 17, 2004, near a hammer.

The 33-year-old boxer pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and arson as jury selection was set to begin in his trial on March 27.

Butler and Kellerman, the 29-year-old younger brother of New York-based boxing expert and ESPN Radio show host Max Kellerman, had been friends and the boxer had been staying at the freelance writer's apartment, police said.

Prosecutors believe the attack came as Butler was having a tough time reviving his career, and was depressed about a souring relationship with his girlfriend, who was the mother of his child, Robison said.

"It's possible Mr. Kellerman asked him to move out or there was a disagreement over how long he could stay with him and it resulted in him picking up a hammer," she said. "The judge called it 'a slaughter."'

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor reduced the sentence of 29 years and four months by 613 days to account for time Butler spent in custody since four days after the killing, said Superior Court spokeswoman Pat Kelly.

Butler has a pro record of 20-5-0, with 12 wins by knockout. He is best known for sucker-punching opponent Richard Grant in November 2001 after losing a charity bout in New York. [/size]

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/06042006/2/sports-boxer-sentenced-nearly-30-years-killing-sports-journalist.html

Yeah I heard. It was the boxer's publicity stunt to get his career going again. Nothing like doing some time to get the head lines and back on the front page again.

I mean is it coincidence or what that Harlem the Hammer is found to have manslaughtered with ..... a hammer?!!!!!!

Sports commentators will do anything for money. Sometimes it takes a bit of death to earn $40,000.