Jackson “Murder for Hire” killers sentenced to life in prison

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Frances Craig, 28 was stabbed at least 20 times inside her Jackson County home in August of 2014 and was found in a pool of blood. But, police say she wasn’t the target. It was a hired hitman’s mistake. Today, the three men found guilty in her murder were back in court.

Rodney McKee, Clifford McKee, and Cortez Butler will spend the rest of their lives in prison without parole for Craig’s death. But, one key person wasn’t there — Clifford McKee.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka said, “in order to avoid physical confrontation or physical injury to police officers with this defendant, he wasn’t present in the sentencing.”

It didn’t matter. Each men’s fates were sealed.

Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski said to Judge Thomas Wilson “you know this state doesn’t have capital punishment but still today you will get to send them where they will die.”

Craig’s parents didn’t pull back any punches when they spoke to the killers.

“You are the most worthless piece of excrement that’s ever walked this earth. I’m disgusted that I have to breathe the same air as you. You are just a bunch of oxygen that don’t ever deserve to see the light of day. The world doesn’t need you in it,” said Frances’ mother Robin Craig.

“An absolute monster. Never should have let him out of his cage when you let him out of the cage a year and half, two years ago. So, therefore you’re going to get it buddy. You’re going to get it,” said Frances’ father Terry Craig.

Before heading back to his jail cell, Cortez Butler had one last thing to say.

“Ain’t nothing you can…I mean, it is what it is,” said Butler.

Craig’s family and friends know this won’t bring her back, but they were pleased the three men will die in prison.

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