‘I killed Roger Kibbe the same day I became his cellmate’: DA charges man who admitted to strangling I-5 Strangler, but won’t seek death, report says

IONE, Calif. — Amador County prosecutors are filing murder charges against the California prisoner who admitted to this newspaper that he strangled Roger Kibbe, the serial killer known as the I-5 Strangler, the Sacramento Bee reported.

But prosecutors also told the Bee they wouldn’t be seeking the death penalty for 40-year-old Jason Budrow. That means the worst consequence Budrow faces is another sentence of life without parole, stacked on top of the life sentence he’s already facing for a 2010 murder conviction.

Last month, Budrow wrote a detailed confession to this news organization, writing in no uncertain terms, “I killed Roger Kibbe the same day I became his cellmate.” He called the killing a “mission” to avenge Kibbe’s seven victims, and said he utilized the “dark arts” in the hopes their souls would be freed from the grasp of their killer.

Budrow also predicted that prosecutors wouldn’t seek death, writing that if they wanted to charge him they would “go ahead and ‘run that.’ ” He said it was possible he’d be charged with desecrating a corpse because he carved a pentagram into Kibbe’s chest after strangling the 81-year-old man to death using a chokehold.

“I am down to test my theory that no jury during a penalty phase of my potential death penalty trial will ever vote to see me executed for murdering Roger Kibbe, the ‘I-5 Strangler,’ ” Budrow wrote.

Budrow said in his letter — in response to a request for an interview from this organization — that he was writing in part because he didn’t want people thinking he and Kibbe had ever been friends. He said he spent months “grooming” Kibbe with the intent to murder him the entire time.

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“My narcissism cannot bare the idea that people would accept the notion I somehow ‘lived’ with him, then had enough of him and just killed him one day. No. Hell no,” Budrow wrote. He later referred to the killing as a “human sacrificial offering” to the “God most high.”

There was another element to the crime, Budrow explained: He wanted to be placed on single-cell status, and it appears he got his wish. Prison officials say they expect he won’t be given a new cellmate for the duration of his life sentence. Because of Kibbe’s killing, he will spend up to a year in administrative segregation.

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