Skip to comments.Killer of FReeper HeartofGold sentenced for second murder
Posted on 04/15/2005 6:38:55 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
Michael Gunther was sentenced today in Sarpy County, Nebraska to life without parole for the shooting death of Mike Zawodny last May.
During the trial, he also openly admitted killing my sister Sally Kennedy, known here as 'HeartofGold'.
I haven't gotten the details yet, but I'm told he also received an additional sentence on a gun charge.
This opens the way for Gunther's transfer to Iowa to stand trial for Sally's murder, which will probably take place sometime in July.
Nebraska prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.
The good news?
He ain't never getting out.
My heartfelt thanks to all who prayed for Sally's kids.
I'm happy to say that they are doing pretty darned well, considering all they have had to go through.
God bless you.
Best to your family. They've suffered enough.
Prayers for you and yours for some closure and peace
So sorry for your loss
I remember when this horrific murder took place. I appreciate the update . My sincere condolences on your loss. I am glad the children as doing well considering the terrible loss they suffered.
Prayers for you & your extended family.
Maybe Iowa will give him the death penalty. We can only hope he gets his just desserts.
Blessings to you and your family.
Thanks for letting us know. Continued prayers for the children left behind.
OMG EV, I didn't know. Blessings to you & your family.
Thanks so much for the update EV. Glad to hear your sister's children are doing good.
Prayers for Sally's children and for your entire family.
"TT", Beth & Nana
Blessings to you and your family. I hope this brings some closure to all you have been through.
Thanks for the update. Hopefully the kids won't have to keep appearing for the parole board every few years to explain why that cretin should not be let out.
I'm glad to see the bastid won't get out.
But not as glad as I am to hear the kids are holding up.
God Bless you and your family for what you have been through and will continue to face.
I'm sickened by your sister's death. It's good that this man confessed, but your loss, and the loss of her many loved ones, remains great.
I just looked at her "About Me" page:
"I am a female musician and an artist and enjoy writing songs and poems. I lurked on Free Republic since the 2000 election which was addictive! I am a Christian and love Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rock, and all kinds of quirky music. I play Piano and Guitar and sing and love to jam with other musicians. I don't like mean people and my motto is 'I'm nice til I'm not' Hey I think I'll write a song about that!"
It's encouraging to know she's with the Lord, but still painful to see such a rich life taken from us.
Prayers for your family. Unfortunately this is probably the best justice you can expect in this world.
I am a Christian and love....
All I need to know, to know where she is now.
I pray that you and your family find peace.
Wow. I had no idea. Prayers forward.
Prayers for you and your family. Thank you for the update.
As sick as it makes me to hear of your sister, I am glad he is getting a perm position in prison. I hope he has a rotten time of it.
So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
God rest your sister and God bless her children.
Bless you and your family. May your sister rest in peace.
Wow prayers still going out for you and your family.
May he bring you comfort and solace.
Thanks for the update. Post 19 lets us know that the loss was all of ours. She is in a better place, but it leaves us much poorer.
God bless you.
I'm so happy he admitted to the killing.
Let's get that extradition as back-up.
May he rot away in a dank cell for decades to come.
Thanks for the update, life w/o parole doing hard time is something this murderer will rue everyday of his life from now til his death. Bless you EV and your family.
No death penalty in Iowa, unfortunately.
Again, thanks to all for the thoughts, the prayers and the kind words...
Prayers for you and your family.
Take Care, Bless all of you
God bless you, EV. Prayers for you and your family in all you have been through.
Oh my gosh! I had no idea that your sister had been murdered - I'm glad they caught the killer. It's too bad he won't fry but at least he will rot.
We don't have the death penalty in Iowa. We have life without parole, instead.
I'm right up the street from you and I didn't know about any of this. Not much I can say that hasn't already been said. God bless.
So very sorry to hear of your sister's death. Somehow I missed hearing about it.
Glad that the murderer has been caught and that her children are doing well. May God bless and comfort all of you.
EternalVigilance, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I never heard about this before so I did a Google Search and came across the above thread you posted.
Statement by, I believe it must be your neice, from above link. I think she hit the nail on the head when she said; "I think he's just making a fool of himself," said 19-year-old Samantha Kennedy of Council Bluffs, daughter of the slain woman. "He's playing a game."
My prayer is that someday they be able to let this horrible thing fade from their everyday thoughts.
Your post and her "about me" page just brought a tear to my eye.
First one ever.
good luck to you all and god bless.
I remember 'HeartofGold'; more the name; than the posts; per se; with which I have since refreshed my memory . . .
Wonder, where people go - so many come. . .then leave. . .from this board. . .There are 'new'; and the 'old' - and many whom seem new; having not yet enncountered them. . .
While I have considered various reasons for a disappearance; a departure. .. never, have I thought about a Freeper being 'taken' like this. . .
There is more about Sally - found this site, among others, where more of 'HeartofGold' is shared. . .
I have lost a sister. . .incredible pain. . .seeing this site where feelings are shared, for a 'girl' named Sally, loved and now gone; at least beyond arm's reach. . .touches my heart. And, if you should visit. . . will touch yours as well. [http://www.belvederepoets.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=311]
She sounded like a sweet person. Yes, a heart of gold.
Prayers to you and your family.
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Eternal Vigilance, I continue to pray for you and your family. God's comfort for everyone who feels from the loss of your sister. Lord, please heal the hearts of those who mourn this loss. Surround them with your angels. Provide this family with comfort and peace. Continue to bless them with justice done. Surround them with your love. In Jesus' precious name. Amen
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