Every morning, Steven Edwards would text Rudi Mitchell to make sure he was OK.
He joked to Mitchell, 20 years his senior, that if Mitchell didn’t respond he would check all hospitals for him.
Edwards also checked on homeless Native Americans and let people stay in his apartment, although he himself had little to spare.
Amid his kindness, he was fatally stabbed and set on fire by his niece’s boyfriend, whom he let stay under his roof.
Antone Page, 34, was sentenced to 100 to 103 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to amended charges of second-degree murder, arson and attempted murder. He had initially faced life in prison under a first-degree murder charge and three other attempted murder charges.
He will be eligible for parole after 50 years and receives credit for 662 days, Judge J. Russell Derr ruled.
In May 2016, Page stormed out of Edwards’ apartment near 41st Avenue and Hamilton Street because he believed his girlfriend was “playing footsie” with another man. Page smoked meth and returned with a can of gas.
He doused his girlfriend and the apartment and said, “It’s a good day to die,” police have said. He slashed and stabbed Edwards multiple times.
The apartment caught fire and Page and Edwards both suffered burns.
“(Page) was trying to harm or kill all of the people who were in that apartment,” said prosecutor Jennifer Meckna. “This is not a situation (of) second chances.”
Kory Taylor, Page’s public defender, said Page has been meeting with clergy and is participating in the Douglas County Jail.
“Antone is not a person that is devoid of rehabilitation,” he said.
Bernice Wolf, Edwards’ aunt, was sobbing and almost unintelligible as she asked Page for an apology to her, after he had said sorry to the court.
Facing those in the courtroom, Page said:
“There’s nothing I can say, but I do apologize and I am sorry. ... If I can change anybody else’s life by giving back to the community, then that’s what I’m going to do.”