Teen to be sentenced for attempted murder of Smithfield girl

Teen to be sentenced for attempted murder of Smithfield girl. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — On Thursday, Colter Peterson, one of two teenagers accused of shooting a Smithfield girl and leaving her for dead will be sentenced.

At 9:00 a.m., Peterson will be sentenced as an adult for aggravated murder and robbery. He is accused of pulling the trigger on 14-year-old Deserae Turner in February 2017.

Prosecutors say Peterson plotted the death of Turner while playing video games. Peterson and another teen, both 16-year-old at the time, reportedly lured her to a dry canal east of Skyview High School. They planned the sell her a pocket knife.

Peterson pleaded guilty for shooting Turner and stealing her backpack full of money in October of 2017.

Family and friends found her hours later with a gunshot wound to the back of her head.

After spending several weeks in the hospital, Turner returned home. She is expected to be present at Thursday's sentencing. There is no information about whether or not she will testify.

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