Teenager gets life in killing of Ore. girl

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A teenage boy convicted of raping and killing a 5-year-old girl in Southern Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Randy Garrison said Tuesday in Roseburg that 18-year-old Dustin Wallace poses too great a risk to the public ever to be allowed free.

The Roseburg News-Review reported (http://bit.ly/XCWdsU) Garrison had two choices: life without parole, or life with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Wallace was a juvenile in 2010 when he killed Sahara Dwight, so he was not eligible for the death penalty.

At the time, he was visiting his father, who was living with the girl's mother.

His attorneys said Wallace has suffered from mental health problems since he was 5 and left his medication at home in Oklahoma.

Prosecutors said he's shown no remorse.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com

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