A Utah teen pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder after he shot a 14-year-old girl in the head, as reported by New York Post.
Colter Peterson, 17, admitted guilt as part of a plea deal Tuesday. He shot Deserae Turner in the head and left her for dead in a ditch, after she texted him and sent him Snapchat posts.
— Eli Lucero (@lucerophoto) October 10, 2017
Turner survived the February 16 shooting, but not without serious consequence. She was hospitalized for two months and now lives with severe, permanent disabilities, as reported by KIDK.
“Our daughter continues to struggle,” said her father Matt Turner. “She works every day to gain as much quality of life as she can. But her life will never be the same.”
Authorities noted that Peterson and an alleged accomplice, 16-year-old Jayzon Decker, concocted the brutal plan to kill Turner while playing video games. Decker is still making his way through the court system.
Remember Deserae Turner from Logan? Colter Peterson pleaded guilty to aggravated attempted murder Tuesday.https://t.co/vS9oqZ3HfK
— KIDK Eyewitness News (@KIDKnews) October 11, 2017
In addition to attempted murder, Peterson also faced an obstruction of justice charge, which was dropped as part of his plea deal. Despite the deal, prosecutors are still going for life in prison against the suspect, due to the severity of the crime. Cache County Attorney James Swink told reporters that the fact that he pleaded guilty changes nothing, as far as sentencing goes.
“We could not have got any more penalties had we gone to trial than what we got today,” he said. “The state is getting everything we could want at a jury trial.”
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