Man Receives Probation in 1974 Slaying of Sister
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) _ A conscience-stricken man who confessed last month to sexually abusing and then killing his teen-age sister 11 years ago when she feared she was pregnant was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation.
Kalib Valentine, 26, of the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower, also was ordered to do 240 hours of community service work, pay $50 in court costs and undergo evaluation to determine whether he needs alcohol, drug or mental health counseling.
″If I could some way see a gain in incarcerating you I would do it,″ Umatilla County Circuit Judge Robert Abrams told Valentine, who could have gotten a 20-year sentence on the first-degree manslaughter charge.
But, the judge said, ″I’m not going to give you the luxury of thinking that you have paid your debt (to society) because you haven’t.″
The judge also noted that ″the state wouldn’t be here today if you hadn’t come forward″ and confessed to the crime.
After hearing his sentence, Valentine sat down, began sniffing repeatedly and wiped his eyes with a handkerchief.
The 14-year-old girl’s death had been ruled a suicide, and an autopsy had found no sign of pregnancy.
Valentine, who changed his name from Michael Wilson, made the confession during an October news conference at his attorney’s Los Angeles office.
Valentine said he killed his sister, Karen Rochelle Wilson, in their Pendleton home after she told him she thought she was pregnant. He said he put a handgun in his sister’s mouth and pulled the trigger in an effort to make her death look like suicide.
″I was crazy ... crazy. There’s no other word for it,″ he told reporters last month. ″For once in my life, I want to do something right, and this (confession) is right.″
Valentine said the slaying followed a year-long incestuous relationship with his sister.
Valentine’s conscience finally led him to call a hot line that offers free legal advice, and he was referred to Los Angeles attorney Robert Rentzer.
After the news conference, he returned to Pendleton to enter his guilty plea, and was released on his own recognizance.
″In terms of punishment, he’s lived with this, deservedly, for 11 years,″ Rentzer told Abrams. ″The penalty he has paid, ... cliche though it seems, is worse than any imprisonment.″
Umatilla County District Attorney Dave Gallaher disagreed, saying Valentine should serve time in prison. Abrams, however, agreed with a pre-sentencing report that recommended probation.