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Dahmer’s Killer Changes Plea, Gets Two Life Sentences

May 16, 1995

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) _ The prisoner who bludgeoned Jeffrey Dahmer and another killer to death has changed his plea to no contest and will remain incarcerated for the rest of his life.

On Monday, Christopher J. Scarver withdrew his claim of innocent by reason of insanity in return for a transfer from state to federal custody.

His lawyer, Steven Kohn, said the deal was struck partly out of concern for Scarver’s safety. ``I think given the notoriety of this case, he’s probably safer out of state than in prison here,″ he said.

Judge Richard Reim sentenced Scarver to two consecutive life terms plus 30 years. He won’t be eligible for parole before 3077.

``I’m confident that you will remain in prison for the rest of life,″ Reim told Scarver.

The state agreed to send Scarver to the federal medical center in Springfield, Mo., for evaluation to determine at which prison he will spend the remainder of his sentences.

``We cut the defendant no slack here,″ said Columbia County District Attorney Mark Bennett. ``He’s been sentenced to the maximum penalty.″

Scarver admitted killing Dahmer and wife-killer Jesse Anderson in November in the gymnasium of the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage. He said God told him to do it.

Investigators believe Scarver used a 20-inch metal bar from an exercise machine. No other inmates were involved, corrections officials said.

The judge told Scarver he hopes the sentence will ``put an end to that chain of tragedies″ that brought him to the court.

Scarver was serving a life term for shooting a man in the head three times during a 1990 robbery in Milwaukee. During his trial, Scarver claimed he was the son of God.

Dahmer, a former candy factory worker and Army veteran, confessed to killing, dismembering and sometimes cannibalizing 17 people in Ohio and Wisconsin. The remains of 11 men and boys were found in his Milwaukee apartment on July 22, 1991.

He was sentenced to 15 life terms in Wisconsin and one in Ohio.

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