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Colter Peterson sentenced to 15-years-to-life for shooting of Deserae Turner

Colter Peterson sentenced to 15-years-to-life for shooting of Deserae Turner. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Colter Peterson, one of two teens accused of shooting a Smithfield girl in the head and leaving her for dead, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Thursday for the shooting of Deserae Turner.

Peterson was charged with attempted aggravated murder and robbery concurrently. In October of 2017, he pleaded guilty for shooting Turner and stealing her backpack full of money.

Peterson's parents spoke, saying that Colter Peterson "is not an evil person and does have many good qualities about him."

"He is a good boy and any parent would be happy to have him as a son," Colter Peterson's mother said. "Colter is not an evil person and does have many good qualities about him. He is a good boy and any parent would be happy to have him as a son."

Before returning to her seat in the courtroom, Colter Peterson's mother said she will continue to pray for Deserae Turner and her family.

During the testimony of Matt Turner, Deserae Turner's father, he looked at Peterson and said, "Do I hate you? No. I don't hate you." He concluded his testimony by asking Peterson, "How would you feel if this happened to your sister?"

Turner herself took the stand to testify. She introduced herself by saying her life had been "severely impacted."

"I don't remember anything (about the shooting) because Colter shot me in the back of the head."

"I hate you," Turner said. "I know the meaning of friendship... I trusted you... You could have talked to me instead of shooting me."

Turner turned to address Peterson directly, "You wanted to kill. I was an easy target and took the bullet. You should never be allowed out of prison."

The prosecuting attorney listed off health issues that Turner now suffers, saying "she's likely to pass away 20 years soon."

Speaking from her wheelchair, Turner said, "Some days I wish I could give the gun back to Colter and say 'try again' and put me out of my misery."

"I'm sincerely sorry, which probably doesn't mean much." Peterson said facing the judge. "I want to apologize to my family... and the community. I want to pay for what I have done... maybe one day I can be forgiven."

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