No money for sons of Lakeland murdered millionaire | News
Lake Wales, Florida - Abraham Shakespeare won $30 million when he hit the lotto but it's likely that his two sons will see very little of that money.
Shakespeare was shot to death by Dee Dee Moore who was convicted in his murder on Monday, Dec. 10.
27-year-old Sentorria Butler is the mother of one of Shakespeare's sons, Jeremiyah. The child just recently turned four-years-old. Butler who testified during the trial says, "Dee Dee destroyed my whole entire life."
Meanwhile, there's a lot of love around the Christmas tree in Butler's Lake Wales home that she shares with Jeremiyah and her two daughters, who are six and eight.
There are no presents under the tree and she says she's already explained to the children why there won't be any presents there on Christmas day.
To say life has changed for the family since Abraham Shakespeare was murdered would be an understatement.
She says, "I didn't see that one coming."
Butler says it wasn't until Dee Dee Moore was convicted of Shakespeare's murder that it really hit her that Shakespeare is never coming back.
Butler lived in Shakespeare's gated plush 4,600 square foot home with cows grazing behind it. They went on trips together and she says, while she insisted on becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant after he went missing, she didn't have to work when they were together.
She says she didn't have to ask for child support because Shakespeare took care of them.
Life for the family now is much different though.
"We lost the car. I haven't been able to find a job," says Butler.
Shakespeare gave her a 2007 Ford 500 car.
Butler says the main reason why she eventually moved out of Shakespeare's home is because people were always hounding them about money.
She says people would show up at Shakespeare's house with their children in the car saying they'd used their last bit of gas money to get there with no way to get back home. She says they always wanted money.
Shakespeare would even allow homeless people to live in the house on Red Hawk Drive in Lakeland. She says Shakespeare would ask very little in return sometimes saying, "You can do some yardwork or some chores while you're here."
Shakespeare would always cave to the pressure of helping someone in need and wouldn't think twice about giving away hundreds or thousands of dollars, Butler shares.
She says things started to get out of hand though when women would flag him down right in front of her to try to give him their phone numbers.
Shakespeare blew through a lot of his winnings, but Butler says Shakespeare always wanted to help people- even when she warned him not to be so trustworthy.
Being so trustful may have eventually led to Shakespeare's murder.
Investigators have said Moore moved $1.8 million in cash and assets from Shakespeare's name and into her own name, and even moved into the home Shakespeare and Butler shared from April 2007 until October of 2008.
While a Lakeland attorney is trying to recoup assets for Jeremiyah and another one of Shakespeare's sons, it could be a long process, and there are no guarantees.
In the meantime, Butler breaks down in tears when talking about not being able to provide for her son.
"I can't even buy him a pair of shoes. It ain't even Christmas and I can't buy him no shoes - no clothes. I sit around and feel like a failure. I can't do nothing."
Butler has been looking for work at a nearby hospital and nursing home. She says she thought she was about to start a new job when the company called and said the person who hired her was no longer employed with them.
She was told they were going to restart the selection process and someone would be called in after the holidays to work.
Butler knows one thing is for sure; it's not money that buys happiness.
"If I could trade it all in and get Abraham back, I would. He was worth more than any of that."
Butler says Shakespeare was a real sweetheart who was a wonderful father. "If you get to know him you'd love him to pieces."
The two met at a party. She was down on her luck and he allowed her to stay with him.
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