Mother addresses daughter's killer during sentencing in Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A grieving mother came face-to-face with her daughter's killer Friday as she addressed him during his sentencing. 

They are words that Cherri West never thought she'd utter once again in her lifetime. 

"I'm not an evil person but I do pray every night Casey haunts you in your dreams, I have no forgiveness for a person like you," West read from a letter she wrote. 

This time she directed her anger toward Enemencio Lansdown, 42, who killed her oldest daughter, Casey Eaton. 

"To let him know that he was a worthless person for what he had done, for taking a life that didn't need to be taken," West said. 

Lansdown shot the mother of four outside a house on 9th & Kansas Avenue last April. 

The death of the 34-year-old woman happened a block away from where her younger sister, Pamela Butler, was kidnapped in 1999.

Police discovered the body of the 10-year-old girl in Grain Valley. 

Butler's convicted killer is on death row.

"My heart was already broke from losing one daughter, but two? I mean now I feel like I'm ripped apart," West said. 

When Lansdown entered Eaton's life, her family didn't care much for him. 

"The first day I met him I knew he was a bad person," Lashia Union Butler, Eaton's niece said. "The way that he looked and the way that he acted was just not the right for my aunt Casey."

Eaton and Lansdown were together for five months during which, West said, domestic abuse took place. 

"For the women and the girls that are in situations like this – get out. You can get out. Get out. Don't let this person take you from life," West said. 

On Friday, a Wyandotte County judge sentenced Lansdown to nearly 21 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. 

"He could have just walked away, he didn't have to do this but he chose to do this so now he has to pay," West said. "I hope that he rots and burns in hell, I really do"

If the weather cooperates, West plans to honor both her daughters with family and friends at the playground named "Pammy's Playground" at S. 10th Street and Kansas Avenue on April 21.

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