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West Monroe man re-sentenced to life in prison without parole

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BENTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) – 18 year old West Monroe native Dalton Fletcher who was convicted of murdering his parents back in 2010, went to the Bossier Parish Courthouse Thursday.

Last year Dalton Fletcher was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His attorneys appealed the sentencing and the appeals court overturned the judge's decision. They used a recent Supreme Court case that took place in Alabama that said giving a juvenile life in prison without parole is cruel and unusual punishment, unless it is an extreme case leaving the door open for the possibility of parole. That door was once again shut. The judge says the method Dalton killed his parents was in fact extreme.

More than twenty relatives of Dalton Fletcher showed up to court to learn the fate of the young man who has been convicted of shooting his parents. Dalton Fletcher's sister was in attendance and she says the witnessed him murder her parents and that her life was also at risk.

"What the judge gave him is exactly what he needs. I pray for him and that's all I can do," said Ashley Fletcher.

While in court Dalton Fletcher addressed his family and said quote, "I'm sorry, sorry for what I did, for hurting you."

His sister isn't buying the apology or the remorse.

"I don't believe his apology is real. I believe it was another type of manipulation he was trying on the family and I don't like that because I'm very protective of my family," said Ashley Fletcher.

In a letter read in court that Dalton Fletcher wrote while in Angola Prison he said he wanted to get her sister to visit him and try to killer her. Based on the letter the judge said he didn't feel there was any remorse. As a result he denied him the possibility of parole.

"If he ever were to be released we believe that he'd kill again. We had to pull all of the stops and go forward with doing our best to make sure he did not get life with a benefit of parole," said Geary Aycock.

Fletcher's attorney disagrees with the decision.

"There is a fundamental difference between children and adults. Children are able to be rehabilitated. We believe firmly that Dalton will be rehabilitated and we simply think at the conclusion of that process he should have the eligibility for parole," said Charles Kincade.

During the sentencing two expert doctors took the stand. One of them said he has treated and examined hundreds of convicted murders. He said Dalton's method of killing is among one of the top tem worst that he has ever heard of. He was convicted of shooting both parents point blank in the face with a shotgun. He will now be going back to Angola as his lawyers file more appeals.

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