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NJ Dating App Serial Killer Gets 160 Years In State Prison

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver will spend the rest of his life in prison for the killings of Joanne Brown, Sarah Butler and Robin West.
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver will spend the rest of his life in prison for the killings of Joanne Brown, Sarah Butler and Robin West. Photo Credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office/Facebook photos

A New Jersey man who used dating apps to lure and kill three women -- and tried to kill a fourth -- was sentenced to 160 years behind bars.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, now 25, of Orange, was sentenced for three murders, an attempted murder and other counts of aggravated arson, desecration of human remain and kidnapping.

Weaver was convicted in 2019 in on three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Sarah Butler, 20, Robin West, 19, and Joanne Brown, 33. 

He was also found guilty of the kidnapping, sexual assault, and attempted murder of a fourth woman, Tiffany Taylor, who survived her attack.

  • Butler, a Montclair resident who was attending Jersey City University was murdered on Nov. 22, 2016. Her body was found in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Dec. 1, 2016.
  • Brown of Newark was murdered on Oct. 22, 2016. Her body was found in a vacant home in Orange on Dec. 5, 2016.
  • West, a native of Philadelphia who was living in Union Township, was murdered on Sept. 1, 2016 in Orange. Wheeler-Weaver set fire to her body and then torched the vacant home.

Essex County Superior Court Judge Mark Ali on Wednesday sentenced Wheeler-Weaver to 160 years in New Jersey State Prison. 

Under the No Early Release Act (NERA), Wheeler-Weaver must serve 145 years before he is eligible for parole.

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