Friday, February 10, 2012
Florissant resident Paul Tripp got that sentence for abandonment of a corpse, which is an addition to his previous five-year sentence.
Almost one year to the day that Valerie Butler died, the man responsible for dumping her body in a field in Bridgeton has been sentenced. St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Steven Goldman sentenced Florissant resident Paul Tripp to two years in prison for abandoning Butler’s body early last year. He pleaded guilty to the charge last month. More than 10 people, including her fiancé, family and friends, gathered in the back of the courtroom wearing “In Loving Memory of Valerie Butler” T-shirts to hear the sentence Friday morning. Butler’s cousin, Jessica Francis, spoke on behalf of her family to the judge before he carried out sentencing. “Valerie was an amazing person,” she said to the judge. “She was not a piece of garbage. She did not …
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The pretrial conference for a man accused of abandoning the corpse of a Maryland Heights woman was continued to Aug. 25.
Paul Tripp, a Florissant man accused of abandoning the body of a Maryland Heights woman, has had his pretrial conference continued to Aug. 25. He was originally set to have the court date on Aug. 12, according to CaseNet, but the date was rescheduled. Tripp was incarcerated recently after his probation was revoked. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 25.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Paul Tripp, who is accused of dumping the body of a Maryland Heights woman, will spend five years incarcerated after having his probation revoked.
Paul Tripp, who is accused of abandoning the body of Valerie Butler, will spend the next five years incarcerated. The St. Louis County Attorney's office told Patch that Tripp's probation was revoked. CaseNet confirmed Tripp received probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge last December in St. Charles County. The court revoked that probation, and he was then sentenced to five years incarceration in July. Tripp is scheduled to have a pretrial conference for the corpse abandonment charge on Aug. 12.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office says the case remains pending on woman who went missing in Florissant.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's report on the body of Valerie Butler is still being kept under wraps. Maryland Heights Patch received a response to a records request from St. Louis County Forensic Administrator Suzanne McCune explaining that the Prosecuting Attorney's Office "has indicated that this matter is still pending with their office and is not expected to be resolved within the next 30 days." Butler, who was from Maryland Heights, was found dead in March. Paul Tripp is accused of abandoning her corpse. His next court hearing is set for Friday.