Judge gives killer additional life sentence

Saturday, December 1st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) _ A Creek County judge has given a man already sentenced to life without parole for killing a little girl an additional life sentence on sex-related crimes.

District Judge Joe Sam Vassar sentenced Robert Rotramel on Friday to life imprisonment for first-degree rape. Vassar also gave Rotramel 20 years for forcible sodomy and 10 years for kidnapping.

The sentences were for the Aug. 19, 2000, attack on Kristi Blevins, a 12-year-old Oilton girl who was found dead in an abandoned house.

``I'm glad it's over,'' said Kristi's mother, Rhonda Blevins. ``I know he's going to suffer in there.''

Rotramel could serve about 55 years of actual time in prison, Vassar said.

``While it's a long time, I don't think it's too long a time,'' the judge said. The families of the victims ``have to live with the consequences of your actions for the rest of their lives.''

Rotramel showed no emotion during the proceedings.

In accordance with the plea agreement, Vassar dismissed an alternative premeditated murder count, as well as a kidnapping count that had been merged with the felony murder charge.

Craig Corgan, Rotramel's court-appointed attorney, said he didn't plan to appeal.

During his murder sentencing last month, Rotramel told the court how he placed Blevins into a ``sleeper'' hold and raped and sodomized her friend. The medical examiner listed Blevins' cause of death as asphyxiation by strangulation.

Records released in June by a Creek County judge showed that Rotramel faced allegations of forcible sodomy, arson and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon as a juvenile.

He reportedly suffered physical abuse by his father and developed behavior outbursts as early as age 4, according to a presentencing investigation report.

The documents included reports of devil worship and fighting.

In the report, Rotramel said he had ``no problem'' with his sentences and is unafraid of prison. He stated that he felt ``more comfortable in a confined facility or living in the wild.''

Before his arrest as an adult, Rotramel said he spent a ``vast amount of time'' living on a river bank, records stated.