Aiexpress – A teen from Iowa got 65 years in prison for killing two other kids at an alternative school program.
According to the New York Times, Preston Walls, 19, was responsible for the gang-related shooting that resulted in the deaths of Rashard Carr, 16, and Gionni Dameron, 18, last year.
William Holmes, the founder of the program, experienced injuries to his hip and finger during the incident.
According to prosecutors, on Thursday, Walls received a 65-year prison sentence for the tragic shooting. He was found guilty of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and assault causing serious injury in September last year.
Walls, who claimed that he shot the victims out of fear for his own life, has been instructed to compensate their families with a restitution amount of $150,000. The prosecution has stated that he may be considered for parole after a period of 40 years.
According to Walls, he acted out of fear and felt like they were going to kill him.
At the time of the shooting, the teen who was convicted had affiliations with a gang, while Carr and Dameron were associated with a rival gang.
Holmes expressed in court that she had been there for Walls, supporting her unconditionally. She had always had her back and was completely devoted to her. Holmes questioned why Walls had chosen a location that held such significance for them to carry out such a act.