Katehis Receives Maximum Sentence for Brutal Murder of ABC Reporter George Weber

John Katehis, charged with murder in the second degree, was sentenced 25 years to life in prison today.

John Katehis, who confessed to the brutal murder of ABC radio reporter George Weber, received a sentence of 25 years to life today, according to the Daily News.

Jason Hannas, Weber's brother-in-law, said that he forgave Katehis, saying, "I have no hatred." He asked Katehis why he committed the murder, saying that Weber's 5-year-old nephews wanted to know, according to the report.

Katehis, 18, expressed regret, saying, "For the death of George Weber, I am sorry."

Judge Neil J. Firetog was less compassionate, and gave Katehis the maximum sentence. 

In March of 2009, 16-year-old Katehis responded to an ad on Craigslist and showed up at WABC Newscaster George Weber's apartment on Henry Street in Carroll Gardens, expecting to be paid for sex. After a rough sexual encounter, Katehis stabbed Weber 50 times, according to a city medical examiner. 

Katehis was convicted with murders last month when the jurors rejected his claim of self-defense. Prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi called Katehis' murder of Weber, "a vicious, brutal, intentional, unjustified attack."


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