James Kahler has been sentenced to death for killing his wife, his two daughters and his wife’s grandmother. 48-year-old Kahler was also ordered to sit and listen to his victims’ relatives talk about the pain he had caused to their family.
Kahler was convicted earlier this year of the four Thanksgiving 2009 killings in Burlingame. He was accused of shooting his wife Karen Kahler, 44, and their children Emily, 18, and Lauren, 16, as well as Karen’s grandmother Dorothy Wight, 89. James Kahler and his wife were reportedly struggling with a divorce at the time.
The jury that convicted Kahler recommended the death penalty and the judge agreed. He will be the ninth person on death row in Kansas, although the state – which reintroduced the death penalty in the 90’s – has not actually executed anyone for nearly fifty years.