PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY, Mich. — A convicted killer in Michigan expressed no remorse on Monday as he appeared in court for sentencing, but rather said that it “felt great” to kill someone.
“I am by no means sorry about what I did,” Brenton Walker, 55, declared before those gathered at the Presque Isle County Courthouse. “Now when I was given the opportunity to follow through that I’ve known for a long time that I’m capable of doing, it felt great. I feel vindicated because of it; I’ve never felt better in my life.”
According to reports, Walker met Heather Young, 42, at a bar last July, and the two went back to his house. When Young began talking about her boyfriend, he shot her in the leg with a rifle.
Walker states that he sought to help her bandage the wound, but Young sprayed him with mace and tried to run away. Walker then shot Young again, and then took a chainsaw to her dead body and burned the remains.
“The fact that this happened to this particular individual is because number one she reminded me a lot of my ex–wife and others I’ve been with. A liar, a dope fiend, and a whore, so yes I’m not sorry, I have nothing to be sorry about,” he told the courtroom this week.
Young’s family members were present to hear Walker’s words, and were disgusted both at his lack of remorse and his characterization of Young.
“He stands there with a smirk on his face,” Young’s father, David Bentler, said, according to WTOL-TV. “That is not right, and they need to get ready to bring the death penalty back in Michigan. I’m going to try somewhere and somehow to get someone to help me for my daughter and other victims that are out there. … This has to stop.”
“I’m on medication for dealing with losing my daughter to your cold–hearted senseless murderous act,” also lamented the woman’s mother, Gail Walker. “I have nightmares about her dying—how she suffered until her death and how you killed her and what she probably felt in all that was coming right up to the moment of her death.”
Walker was sentenced to 45 to 70 years behind bars after accepting a plea agreement.
Jesus explained in Mark 7: 20-23 that man’s sins begin in the heart and proceed outward to their words and actions.
“That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man,” the Scripture reads. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride [and] foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”