Teen who raped, murdered 5-year-old girl sentenced to life in prison
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A judge has decided that the teen who raped and murdered a 5-year-old Roseburg girl will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Judge Randy Garrison handed down his ruling on Tuesday at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing for Dustin Wallace, 18, who was convicted for the assault that happened back in 2010.
The courtroom was almost completely full as the judge handed down his decision.
Wallace waived his right to a jury trial, allowing the sentencing to be decided by Garrison.
Wallace was convicted back in June for the rape and murder of the girl. The defense argued that Wallace did not intend to kill Sahara Dwight and accidentally smothered her as he molested her.
Prosecutors had argued Wallace killed the girl and then lied about what happened in an attempt to get away with the crime.
Garrison said the video of Wallace being interviewed by police after Dwight's death shows the teen had no remorse for his actions as he spun elaborate lies about what took place that night.
Garrison found Wallace guilty on six counts of aggravated murder and one count each of first degree rape and sexual assault.