The teen boy who admitted to his role in a shocking attempted murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Jayzon Decker, who lured 14-year-old Deserae Turner to a canal on a cold February evening before his friend, Colter Peterson, shot her in the back of the head, was handed the maximum sentence for his confessed role in the attempted murder.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Decker and Peterson plotted to kill the girl because she had been sending Peterson “annoying” Snapchat messages. But Deserae survived the murder attempt, and will live with permanent injuries, now confined to a wheelchair. The bullet is still lodged in her brain, and she suffers from partial paralysis and vision impairment.
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The victim and her family were in court to face the attempted killer at his sentencing hearing.
“No amount of [prison] time will fix you,” Deserae Turner said at the hearing, addressing Decker. The 17-year-old accomplice reportedly saved the bullet casing used in the murder attempt as a memento, and kept it on his windowsill.
“You are evil. … You kept the shell for a trophy. How sick is that? Good luck in prison and remember that, because of you, my life is a prison, too.”
Deserae’s mother reportedly told the judge on Wednesday that Decker is even more dangerous than Peterson, who pulled the trigger, because the plot was all his idea, and he convinced his friend to go along with it.
Peterson, also 17, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week.
[Feature image: Associated Press/Deserae Turner and mother April Turner]