Alan Outman faced the family and friends of the man he raped and murdered nearly a year ago. Outman was sentenced Friday for killing David Fillers. Fillers disappeared on New Year's Eve 2011 while celebrating with friends. He was later found dead in a Vestal creek bed. As our Melissa Kakareka tells us, the sentencing brought out strong emotions and hopefully a step toward closure.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Family and friends of David Fillers packed the Broome County Courthouse Friday. Many were brought to tears as they remembered the 21-year-old who was raped and murdered last New Year's Eve.
"Some murders seem to strike very deeply at the heart of the community. The community recognizes a victim in themselves, a family struggling with survival and it affects the community more widely than others and this one seemed to be one of those," said Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen.
Alan Outman admitted to the sexual assault and murder in September. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday.
Six of Fillers' family members spoke during the sentencing. They told Outman that they consider him "a sadistic psychopath" and "a monster" for what he did.
"The defendant is an evil sexual predator who deserves no more mercy than he showed David," said David Fillers' uncle Tom Keating.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Outman is technically eligible for parole after 25 years. But Judge Smith called this one of the most cold blooded murders he's even seen and went on record to recommend that a future parole board never let Outman out of prison. A sentiment echoed by David Fillers' family.
"This was a heinous crime against a completely innocent victim. No sentence will ever make it right," said Keating.
Outman told the court that he regrets his actions and will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life. He also said he plans to seek help for psychological issues while in prison.
But for David Fillers' family and friends, no sentiment of remorse could ever take away the pain, grief and loss that they continue to experience every day.
"Nothing will bring back our son, our brother, our nephew, our cousin, our classmate, our friend David. But this little bit of closure brings us a little bit of peace," said Keating.
Family members say Fillers will always be remembered as the caring, happy, funny young man he was before Outman took his life.