Teen accomplice in Deserae Turner case sentenced

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LOGAN (News4Utah)- The teenager who admitted to helping plot the shooting of then 14-year-old Deserae Turner was sentenced Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Jayzon Decker and 17-year old Colter Danny Peterson attempted to murder Turner in February 2017. They say the boys wanted to stop her from texting them and plotted to kill her. 

Last week, Peterson was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for aggravated attempted murder. He admitted to carrying out the shooting. 

In Dec., Decker admitted in court that he plotted the death of Turner. He pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder and obstruction of justice. Wednesday, a judge sentenced Decker to the same fate as Peterson. 15 years to life in prison.

The court room was brought to tears During Peterson’s sentencing last week.

“I hate you,” Turner told Peterson, who sobbed as she faced him “I hate what you did to me.”

“I am tougher than a bullet. Welcome to hell. I have been here for year now,” Turner told him.

Wednesday, Turner took that statement back.

“Last week when I spoke in court I told Colter that I hated him. I thought a lot about these words and this is not who I am,” she said.  “I realized that I don’t hate these boys, I hate what they did to me. I want us to follow the Savior, be kind, love one another and choose good,” she said.

Read her full statement here.

Turner’s family also addressed the media saying in part, “The decisions that were made the afternoon of February 16th cannot be changed and this senseless act of violence cannot be reversed, but through this tragedy we have seen miracles and continue to be blessed. One of the greatest miracles is that Deserae is here with us.”

The family also thanked the community for their donations through Go Fund Me and the fundraising account for Deserae at America First Credit Union. 

“These are instrumental in getting Deserae the extensive therapy she needs. We, as a family, thank everyone for everything they have done to help our family. May the Lord Bless all of you for your benevolence,” the family said.

Read their full statement here.

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