Kahler to be sentenced, could get death penalty

Update: Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m.: A Kansas judge has sentenced a former Missouri city official to death for fatally shooting his estranged wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother. Judge Phillip Fromme sentenced 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler on Tuesday. Kahler was convicted in August of killing his four family members in November 2009. The jury recommended the death sentence.Kahler was convicted of killing 44-year-old Karen Kahler; her grandmother, 89-year-old grandmother Dorothy Wight; and the Kahlers' two daughters, 18-year-old Emily and 16-year-old Lauren, at Wight's home in Burlingame, Kan.Kahler opted not to speak on his own behalf during the sentencing hearing and even asked if he could leave the room to avoid hearing the victim impact statements. "I loved Karen, Dorothy and Lauren and Emily very much and will miss them until the end of my days," said Lynn Denton, Karen Kahler's sister, during her victim impact statement.A representative for the Kansas City Attorney General's Office read a statement from Karen's mother, a woman who saw three generations of her family wiped out in one day.A psychiatrist testified during the trial that Kahler had been upset with his daughters for siding with their mother, and that he believed Wight should have encouraged his wife to stay in their marriage.During the trial in August, defense attorneys read statements from Sean Kahler, the only survivor of the Thanksgiving Weekend attack, who was just ten-years-old at the time. "I do not want my dad to receive the death penalty because it would be hard on my grandparents," the attorney read. "I do not want my whole family gone."Kaherl's attorneys say the will file a motion to withdraw the death sentence. Kahler will be appointed an attorney for his automatic appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court. Original Story: A former Columbia city official convicted of fatally shooting four family members will be sentenced Tuesday.A jury has already recommended that 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler get the death penatly. Tuesday, a Kansas judge will officially decide, and he could lighten the sentence to life in prison without parole.The victims were Kraig's wife, her grandmother and the Kahlers' two daughters. A psychiatrist testified during Kahler's trial in August that he was upset with his daughters for siding with their mother while they were going through a divorce.The shootings happened at the grandmother's Kansas home Thanksgiving weekend 2009.(The Associated Press and CBS NewsPath contributed to this story)