Colter Peterson wanted to get rid of Deserae Turner. The 17-year-old was annoyed with the 14-year-old girl because she kept sending him Snapchats and texts.
While airing his grievances to his friend, 16-year-old Jayzon Decker, the started joking about how it would be "pretty easy to get rid of her."
They were playing video games when they devised a plot to kill her.
On Feb. 16, Decker and Peterson told Turner they were going to buy a knife, and instead, lured her to a canal.
When the teen turned around, Peterson allegedly shot her in the back of the head. She laid in the ditch for almost eight hours before she was found. Thankfully, she survived.
The shooting left Turner hospitalized for two months.
The bullet is still lodged in her head.
According to her family, she still has trouble seeing, walking and eating.
“Our daughter continues to struggle,” said her father Matt Turner. “She works every day to gain as much quality of life as she can. But her life will never be the same.”
Peterson agreed to plead guilty Tuesday and because of that, an obstruction of justice charge was dropped as a part of his plea deal. However, prosecutors are still going for life in prison, due to the crime's severity.
“We could not have got any more penalties had we gone to trial than what we got today,” Cache County Attorney James Swink said. “The state is getting everything we could want at a jury trial.”
Decker is still working through the court system.
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