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|West Ouachita teen receives double life sentences|
A western Ouachita Parish youth will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his parents.
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Danny Ellender sentenced Dalton Fletcher to two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the Sept. 9, 2010, slaying of his parents in their home in western Ouachita Parish.
A Bossier Parish jury convicted Fletcher of those murders in December 2011. Fletcher's trial was moved to Bossier Parish because an impartial jury could not be seated in Ouachita Parish.
Fletcher shot his parents at point-blank range while his older sister was in the home.
When Fletcher left the home after the shooting, his sister fled to a neighbor's house and phoned the police, who later arrested Fletcher at West Ouachita High School. Fletcher was a student at WOHS at the time.
At the school, deputies also recovered the weapon Fletcher used to shoot his parents — a 12-gauge shotgun. Fletcher had stashed the weapon in the trunk of his mother's car. He had taken the car to school.
District Attorney Jerry Jones said Fletcher's sentence, while tragic, was justified.
"Although this was a young man, he committed a heinous crime," said Jones. "He murdered his parents with double-00 buckshot from point blank range."
Jones said the callous nature with which Fletcher killed his parents warranted the stiff sentence.
"To commit a crime in that manner shows a lack of feeling and human emotion," Jones said. "Though it may be difficult to say a young man deserves life without parole, he does."
Fletcher was 15 years old at the time of the murders.