Mar 21, 2016 5:43 PM
CONCORD - A Concord man is sentenced at the Merrimack Superior Court for a 2014 stabbing.
"I have a new strength about me" said stabbing victim Andrea Halvorsen, sobbing.
She appeared in court on Monday, giving an emotional statement at Kyle Buffum's sentencing and asked not to be on camera.
"I never thought that I could get through something like this - and I have," she continued to say through tears.
Buffum is heading to prison after being sentenced 35-years-to-life for being convicted as an accomplice to attempted murder, among other convictions for the stabbing of Halvorsen. In January 2014, Buffum and his then 18-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Heath, conspired through text messages to murder Halvorsen.
Heath eventually stabbed Halvorsen multiple times at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown.
"I'm not going to let this ruin my life" Halvorsen said. "The strength is really going to benefit me in the future I have learned how to stand up for myself."
Buffum claimed the crimes were committed out of mental illness.
"I know that sorry doesn't cut it for the victim," he said. "I don't think she's even in the room, but I am."
Despite hearing that plea, Judge Nicolosi said hearing and seeing the text messages from Buffum helped her make her decision.
"From start to finish, your focus - your desire - was to cause the death of a young woman who was absolutely innocent, she said. "You were the mastermind, and you were the person who made this crime happen."
Nicolosi said she will allow Buffum to petition to suspend seven years of the minimum sentence if he remains on good behavior while in prison. He will have up to 30 days to appeal his sentencing.
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