Man Sentenced to Four Decades for Brutal Stabbing and Killing of Mother One of the Most Horrifying Acts of Violence, Says Sheriff

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A 27-year-old man, Levi Isaac Davis, has been sentenced to a minimum of four decades in prison for the brutal killing of his mother in 2022, a crime described by the sheriff as “one of the most horrible acts of violence” witnessed. The Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced on February 16 that Davis received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 40 years for the murder of his mother, Karly Cantrell. Additionally, he is prohibited from contacting his mother’s family for 100 years, and if granted parole, Davis must remain under supervision for the rest of his life.

During the sentencing hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie Morse expressed the heinous nature of the crime, stating, “The Defendant brutally stabbed and murdered his mother. An act unconscionable.” Davis had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September.

The tragic incident occurred on October 10, 2022, when investigators from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to Cantrell’s home in Middleton. There, she was discovered brutally stabbed in the abdomen and neck, nearly decapitated. Davis was identified as the suspect, and he was traced to the halfway house where he was residing at the time.

An affidavit cited by KTVB-TV revealed that blood-covered clothing was found in Davis’ vehicle, and he had noticeable injuries, including a large cut on his thigh. Cantrell, the victim, had served as the director of the West Valley Humane Society. The organization paid tribute to her on Facebook, describing her as the “heart and soul” of the humane society and a dedicated advocate for both animals and people in need. They remembered her as a kind, compassionate, and empathetic individual whose impact extended beyond the animal shelter into the lives of those she supported.

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