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Man sentenced to 20 years; Stabbed and killed friend
NEDERLAND - A Nederland man stood before Judge John Stevens and admitted smoking crack cocaine with his mother before he stabbed and killed a friend.
Monday morning Judge Stevens sentenced 29 year old Kurt Ray Kasper junior to 20 years in prison for the murder.
He could have faced up to life in prison, but the plea agreement capped the sentence at 20.
KFDM obtained a probable cause affidavit in which investigators say Kasper told them he had a vision that his friend, Timothy Melancon was going to rape a woman. Kasper told police that's why he stabbed Melancon in the chest.
The prosecution, defense and Judge Stevens talked in court this morning about Kasper's mental history.
Kasper's family and Melancon's family were in court listening during the sentencing hearing.
The prosecution said drug use could have caused Kasper's 'visions'.
Kasper said in court, He was smoking crack cocaine with his mother in February of 2012.
Kasper stabbed Melancon in front of his mother's home in the three hundred block of north 15th street in Nederland.
A psychiatrist said Kasper knew right from wrong at the time of the stabbing.
The prosecution said Melancon's family wanted the maximum sentence of 20 years despite Kasper's mental health problems.
Right now he's taking his meds, when he's off his meds or mixing meds with illegal substances they that makes him a risk, said Pat Knauth. Knauth is a Jefferson County prosecutor.
Kevin Sekaly Cribbs , Kasper's attorney said, I think 20 years is a long time for a person who needs more help than rehabilitation, ongoing care, rather than being thrown in to cell and have to defend themselves.
Just one day before the stabbing, Melancon was released from the Baptist Hospital Behavioral Center.
Today in court, Kasper apologized to Melancon's family and his own family.
He told the Judge, "I'm was a good person."
Kasper also said he's glad he didn't hurt anyone else.