Dustin Wallace was sixteen years old from Oregon when he raped and murdered a five year old girl. According to court documents Dustin Wallace entered the five year old girls bedroom and began to touch her inappropriately and when the child began to cry out he smothered the five year old girl and punched her in the stomach. The little girl died at the scene. Dustin Wallace attempted to tell police that he accidentally smothered the girl when he began to sexually assault her. This teen killer would be convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dustin Wallace 2023 Information
|ffender Name:||Wallace, Dustin Michael|
|Age:||26||DOB:||03/1994||Location:||Snake River Correctional Institution|
|Gender:||Male||Race:||White Or European Origin||Status:||AIC|
|Height:||6′ 03”||Hair:||Brown||Field Admission Date:||09/15/2015|
|Weight:||230 lbs||Eyes:||Hazel||Earliest Release Date:||No Parole|
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A judge found a man accused of raping and killing a 5-year-old girl when the defendant was 16 guilty of murder and rape.
Dustin Wallace, now 18, waived his right to a jury trial and instead had his case heard by a judge.
The defense argued that Wallace did not intend to kill Sahara Dwight and accidentally smothered her as he molested her.
Prosecutors had argued Wallace killed the girl and then lied about what happened in an attempt to get away with the crime.
Judge Randy Garrison said the video of Wallace being interviewed by police after Dwight’s death shows the teen had no remorse for his actions as he spun elaborate lies about what took place that night.
Garrison found Wallace guilty onsix counts of aggravated murder and one count each of first degree rape, sexual assault and unlawful sexual penetration.
Wallace had spent most of the trial looking down at a courtroom table.
He lowered his head into his hands and rubbed his eyes after the judge announced all 9 guilty verdicts.
The court adjourned until next Tuesday. Sentencing has not been scheduled as the court awaits a decision on whether Wallace, who committed the crimes as a minor, could face life in prison without the opportunity for parole or not.
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A man convicted of raping and killing a 5-year-old girl in Southern Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Randy Garrison said Tuesday in Roseburg that 18-year-old Dustin Wallace poses too great a risk to the public ever to be allowed free.
“Justice dictates that Dustin Wallace not be released on parole,” Garrison told a packed courtroom.
The Roseburg News-Review reported Garrison had two choices: life without parole, or life with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
In the courtroom were members of Wallace’s family and relatives of the victim, 5-year-old Sahara Dwight.
Wallace was a juvenile in 2010 when he killed Sahara Dwight, so he was not eligible for the death penalty.
At the time, he was visiting his father, who was living with the girl’s mother.
His attorneys said Wallace has suffered from mental health problems since he was 5, and a psychiatrist testified that Wallace probably would not have killed Sahara if he had been taking medication, which he left at home in Oklahoma when he came to Oregon to visit his father.
The medication relieved insomnia, helped Wallace think more clearly and lowered his sexual urges, the doctor said.
Prosecutors said he’s shown no remorse.
The sentence came after a weekend of deliberation for Garrison, who said he needed to weigh arguments from Wallace’s defense attorneys that he be allowed the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Wallace’s mother made a similar plea, but prosecutors argued that Wallace would pose a risk even after incarceration
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