Posted: Jun 26, 2014 5:05 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 26, 2014 5:05 PM
NEW ROADS - An appeals court upheld the life sentence for Trevor Reese this week, noting the severity of his crime as part of the reason they would not reduce his sentence.
Reese pleaded guilty last year to killing eight-year-old Jackson Attuso of Clinton in 2010. Prosecutors said Reese, who was 16 when the crime happened, lay in wait for Attuso and stabbed him multiple times as well as slashing his throat because he wanted to become a serial killer.
On Wednesday the three-judge panel rejected Reese's arguments that his age and record weren't taken into consideration during sentencing, and that the trial judge erred by allowing improper victim impact statements.
Circuit Judge Ernest Drake also noted in the panel's decision that Reese continued to have fantasies of killing, and that if he were released it would happen again.
"We find the murder of a small child to be the worst crime and the defendant to be the worst offender... given the violence and brutality of the crime, the maximum sentence was justified in this case," Drake wrote.
Reese's attorneys said they would appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.