ROSEBURG — 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.
“Justice dictates that Dustin Wallace not be released on parole,” Garrison told a packed courtroom.
The Roseburg News-Review reported Garrison had two choices: life without parole, or life with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
In the courtroom were members of Wallace’s family and relatives of the victim, 5-year-old Sahara Dwight.
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 a psychiatrist testified that Wallace probably would not have killed Sahara if he had been taking medication, which he left at home in Oklahoma when he came to Oregon to visit his father.
The medication relieved insomnia, helped Wallace think more clearly and lowered his sexual urges, the doctor said.
Prosecutors said he’s shown no remorse.
The sentence came after a weekend of deliberation for Garrison, who said he needed to weigh arguments from Wallace’s defense attorneys that he be allowed the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Wallace’s mother made a similar plea, but prosecutors argued that Wallace would pose a risk even after incarceration.