Trevor Reese given life sentence in child's slaying
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trevor Reese was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Reese had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 killing of 8-year-old Jackson Attuso.
Attuso's throat was slashed on a recreational trail in West Feliciana Parish. Reese was 16 at the time.
District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said today's sentencing hearing was conducted much like the penalty phase of a death penalty case under a new law that allows people who committed serious crimes as juveniles to be sent to prison for the rest of their lives. Under the law, that sentence should be reserved for the worst crimes, he said.
D'Aquilla said experts testified that Reese is exceptionally intelligent and appears to have gone hunting on the day of the murder with intention of killing a person. D'Aquilla called him a "predatory type murderer."
Reese had initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but in March changed his plea to guilty.