Beier gets decades for trying to kill friends
A man convicted of attempting to murder his friend and a woman he believed at one time to be his girlfriend after he thought the two were sleeping together has been sentenced to serve nearly a century.
A two-day sentencing hearing for Christian Beier ended Tuesday with Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton handing down an 81-year sentence with 60 years more suspended, according to a transcript of Beier's sentencing.
A jury found Beier guilty on all counts in the October 2015 shootings of Caia Delavergne and Conor Lally, which cost Delavergne an eye. Beier said he and Delavergne had been in a relationship for just a few weeks, but Beier sent abusive text messages to both victims before and after shooting them because he heard they had kissed.
After his conviction, Beier told the two victims, “I’m sorry, you guys.”
Lally, Delavergne and Delavergne’s mother made victim impact statements on Monday, followed by 20 people who spoke on Beier’s behalf.
The prosecutor in the case, Assistant District Attorney Ron Dupuis, argued for sentencing near the maximum 99 years on each of Beier’s two attempted-murder charges. He said Beier had all the necessary tools to make the right decision in his encounter with the victims, according to the transcript, but “instead he made a decision to try and end these two people’s lives.”
Beier’s counsel, public defender Gary Soberay, emphasized that the defendant had testified truthfully in the case, as well as displaying genuine contrition for his actions. Since the shootings, he said, Beier has been held in segregation “of his own choosing.”
“It’s long been said that there can be no punishment greater than the individual who subjects himself to the whip of his own remorse,” Soberay said.
Wolverton ultimately sentenced Beier to 70 years with 30 years suspended on each of the two attempted-murder counts, to be served consecutively with two six-month terms on a pair of lesser charges in the case. Although he agreed that Beier had made progress and genuinely shown regret, he agreed with the state’s recommendations based on the severity of the crime, telling Lally and Delavergne that they had done nothing to deserve what happened to them.
“If you just ask a hundred people at random and run the facts of this case by them and you ask them, ‘What do you think should happen?’, they would say a very significant jail time is required,” Wolverton said.
Upon his release, Beier will spend 10 years on probation.
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