Teen Sentenced In Plot That Left 14-Year-Old Shot In Head

Feb 1, 2018

Deserae Turner
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A teenager convicted in a plot that left a 14-year-old Utah girl in a ditch with a gunshot wound to the head will serve at least 15 years and up to life in prison.

Deserae Turner survived, but said Thursday that she'll still struggle to walk, dress herself and use her left hand for the rest of her life. Before the shooting, she practiced karate and was an accomplished equestrian.

Seventeen-year-old Colter D. Peterson wiped tears as she spoke. He has pleaded guilty to aggravated attempted murder and other charges. His lawyer Mike McGinnis says he's not a monster.

Prosecutors say the teens concocted the plan while playing video games and discussing their desire to "get rid" of the girl who was messaging Peterson in February 2017.