As Rudolph Galberth admitted his guilt in the aggravated murder of his wife, Amy Butler of Brookside, her family members were given the chance to speak before Galberth was sentenced.
Her father, Bill Butler of Belmont County, seized the opportunity.
“I am so sorry that I let Amy stop me from stopping you years ago,” Butler said, leaning out of his chair and glaring at Galberth.
He said his daughter suffered years of physical and emotional abuse from Galberth, but wouldn’t let her family intervene.
“She wouldn’t let me. She wouldn’t,” Butler said. “Time after time she told me, ‘Let it go, Dad. Just let it go. I got it.’ And I believed her. And what do you do? You shoot her. Not just shoot her, but while she’s running, you shoot her in the back! And you unload the rest of your guns into her body, watching her bounce on the ground.”
Butler said Galberth ran away after that, and that he has no remorse.
In the end, Judge John Vavra accepted Galberth’s two guilty pleas to aggravated murder with a gun specification and to having weapons under disability.
He sentenced Galberth to life in prison with parole eligibility after 23 years.
One of Amy Butler’s sisters said she vows to attend every one of his parole hearings, and make sure he never gets out.
Galberth is 37.