A man stabbed a helpless victim who allowed him to live in his home. Now, the killer will spend nearly three decades behind bars.
Recently, a judge in Oklahoma sentenced Levi Cobbler, 21, to 28 years in prison after his conviction for first-degree manslaughter. He was initially charged with murder for killing Robert Dale Henderson III.
On Nov. 11, 2020, police in Collinsville, Oklahoma, responded to a check on a home and found the victim on the floor covered in blood, according to KOTV.
Cobbler had confessed to family members that he killed Henderson and left the area, according to KOTV.
Henderson was the sole provider for his grandmother and allowed Cobbler to stay in his home, according to the Tulsa World. Police went to the residence on that November day after a 911 caller had gone to visit Henderson and found Cobbler acting suspiciously. Henderson was unresponsive on the floor.
The grandmother gave police permission to go into the home, where they found Henderson stabbed to death, according to the report.
Henderson left after the killing and went to his family where he confessed.
Cobbler claimed at the trial that he killed in self-defense and that he and Henderson were fighting, according to the World. However, he admitted he stabbed Henderson in the back and the suspect did not have a weapon.
Defense attorneys also noted that everybody involved in the case had past issues with substance abuse, according to the report.
During the sentencing hearing, Cobbler offered an apology to the victim’s family. They had requested the maximum sentence. Henderson’s father described his son as a “very timid soul” who will be missed, the report noted.
“I’m deeply sorry that it ever happened,” Cobbler said, according to the World.