Colton Harvey, 15, gets 45 years in jail for shooting sister twice in the head

by Chi Ibe

For reasons that still remain a mystery, an Arkansas teenager shot his sister in the head, twice, while she slept.

Colton Harvey, 15, who pled guilty to the crime, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

There is still no remote cause for his bizarre action. Harvey was said to have grabbed his father’s .22-caliber rifle one January morning while his parents were out grocery shopping. He walked into his 16-year-old sister Candace’s room, pointed it at her forehead and fired. She awoke with a scream, so he shot her in the head twice.

According to the Huffington Post, Harvey threw some clothes and ammunition in his father’s pickup truck and took off.

His first stop was into the hills but then to the sheriff’s office to turn himself in, he chickened out at the parking lot and drove to a friend’s instead, chewed some tobacco, and then returned to the sheriff’s office, where this time he found the courage to go in and confess.

“I don’t know why I did it. It just happened,” Harvey told state police investigator Corey Mendenhall hours later, according to a transcript of the interview in which he described in detail what happened that morning. The Associated Press obtained the transcript under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Harvey told Mendenhall he deserved the same fate. “I should get done to me what I did to her,” Harvey said.

Prosecutors initially charged the teen with first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life without parole. But they later worked out a plea bargain with his attorney, and on Wednesday, a judge sentenced Harvey to 30 years for second-degree murder plus 15 more because he used a gun.

Harvey’s attorney, Bill James, said there is a history of mental illness in Harvey’s family, but he said an expert wasn’t able to give his client a diagnosis because of his young age.

Harvey’s mother cried throughout Wednesday’s proceedings that took away her son after she lost her daughter.

Source: Huffington Post

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