Deseret News reporter McKenzie Romero spoke with national news network HLN this week about a Utah case that recently saw a judge order prison for a teenage boy who shot a 14-year-old girl in the head and left her to die.
Two teenage boys admitted to shooting Deserae Turner in the head in February 2017. She was found in a ditch in Smithfield.
Turner was put into a medically induced coma. Her family said she had "a very long road ahead" once she came out of the coma, according to the Deseret News.
Both boys were charged and eventually ordered to stand trial.
Last Thursday, one of the boys, Colter Peterson, was sentenced to at least 15 years and up to life in prison for attempted murder. He will also serve a concurrent term of one to 15 years for stealing Turner’s belongings.
"Good luck in prison, and remember that because of you, my life is a prison," Deserae told Peterson in the courtroom. "Welcome to hell. I have been here for a year now."2 comments on this story
Romero told HLN that Turner’s comments were “devastating and inspiring.”
“To see the permanent impact she’ll be dealing with the rest of her life and the strength that she still possesses, that fire that is in her. And you saw that come out with some of the strong comments she made,” Romero said. “She made these statements to say she wasn’t really forgiving him. She wasn’t letting him off the hook. She was holding him responsible for what he did.”
See the entire interview below.