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Devonte Lively Found Guilty in Murder of Larie Butler

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Rochester: Devonte Lively Found Guilty in Murder of Larie Butler
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Guilty. That was the verdict handed down Friday by a Monroe County jury in the murder trial of Devonte Lively.

It took the jury a little more than three hours to convict Devonte Lively of second degree murder in death of Larie Butler.

Lively, 21, was charged with killing Butler on March 24, 2012 in the basement of grandmother's Irondequoit home, and hiding her body in a swimming pool next door.

The 17-year-old East High School student disappeared after telling her mother she was going to the mall with lively. Butler never came home, and her body was discovered five days later.

Emotions ran high when the verdict was read. Butler's family erupted with joy inside the courtroom. As they emerged, tears began to flow as it all sunk in.

Larie's family said it's been a long year since she was murdered, and they can now begin to heal.

"It means a lot to me," said Karen Snipes, Butler's mother, through tears. "He got the time he deserved for doing what he did to my daughter. He took me through this trial, through all this hurt, and all he had to do was plead guilty, and he didn't plead guilty and we had to go through this trial and live it all over again, and it's going to be hard to put myself together."

"Thank goodness, is all I can really think of. It was absolutely the right thing, and we can't bring Larie back, but that's the best we can do for her today. Just really, really happy," said prosecutor Kelly Wolford.

Lively will be sentenced June 14. He faces 25 years to life in state prison.

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