Shalin Alltus and her boyfriend Parker Bachtold would shoot and kill her uncle in Washington State. According to court documents Shalin Alltus and Parker Bachtold were staying on her uncle’s property and believed that the uncle was trying to end their relationship so they decided to kill him. After shooting the victim the teen killers would flee the property. Shalin Alltus and Parker Bachtold were both convicted of the murder and sentenced to thirty eight years in prison.
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A five-day trial didn’t reveal why two teenagers shot and killed 39-year-old Patrick Alltus at his Riverside home on Sept. 30, 2014.
But an Okanogan County jury was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that his niece, Shalin E. Alltus, was just as guilty as Parker Bachtold.
Alltus was sentenced in Okanogan County Superior Court to 38 years and four months in prison on Tuesday, after a jury found her guilty Monday of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of a firearm and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
At sentencing, defense lawyer Kelly Seago told the judge that Shalin Alltus had been raped and kidnapped at age 13, and that past and family issues should be considered before sentencing, the lawyer said. Seago also accused Patrick Alltus of sexual misconduct with his niece, and said she was too afraid to reveal that relationship to police.
“He’s the one person I had that I loved,” Shalin Alltus told the judge before she was sentenced. “I was very scared to explain the relationship with my uncle because I don’t want him to be seen as a bad guy,” she said, adding, “I just want you to know I never would have wanted this to happen.”
Judge Henry Rawson told her that she had ample opportunity to tell her story — to a State Patrol trooper who stopped them after they fled the murder, to a motel manager in Oregon, or to Bachtold’s parents before her arrest.
The jury found her not guilty of a special finding sought by the prosecutor that the murder was aggravated. For that special finding, the jury would have had to find that the murder was committed in the furtherance or flight from a robbery or burglary.
They deliberated for about four and a half hours.
Bachtold pleaded guilty to the same crimes earlier this month and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Now both 18, Alltus and Bachtold were 16 years old when Patrick Alltus was discovered dead a few days after the killing.
During Alltus’ trial, no clear motive was revealed. But Alltus testified under questioning that she had twice had sex with Bachtold, and that her uncle did not allow them to sleep together.
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A woman who murdered her uncle in Riverside in 2014 must be resentenced, with an appellate court ruling that she was denied a chance to present evidence that might have affected her 38-year-prison term.
After her conviction in 2016, Shalin E. Alltus, now 21, asked Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry A. Rawson to order a presentence report and allow her lawyers to investigate mitigating circumstance. Rawson turned her down on all counts, and as a result last week the state Court of Appeals threw out her 38-year sentence.
Rawson should have accepted the request, Appellate Judge Laurel Siddoway wrote for the three-judge panel, in part because Alltus was only 16 at the time of the murder. The issues Alltus sought to raise in a presentence investigation, Siddoway wrote, “were the type of matters our Supreme Court requires sentencing courts to consider when a juvenile is involved.”
Alltus and her then-boyfriend Parker Bachtold, also 16, shot and killed her uncle Patrick Alltus, 39, in his Riverside home in October 2014. Both had been living on his property, and fled to Oregon after the murder.
Bachtold pleaded guilty to first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts each of theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. At trial Alltus blamed the murder solely on Bachtold, while while Bachtold testified that he and Alltus both shot the victim, with Alltus firing first.
A jury convicted Alltus on all counts, and Rawson sentenced her the following afternoon, turning down her lawyers’ pleas for a delay and presentence investigation. The judge said such report “would add nothing significant” for consideration.
But Alltus’ attorneys said the report would touch on her ongoing psychiatric treatment and counseling, her family history and upbringing, and a rape and kidnapping Alltus experienced at age 13.
The appellate court said while Rawson’s handling of the sentencing phase did not invalidate Alltus’ conviction, it did require remand for a new sentence, after a presentence report is prepared by qualified investigators with the Department of Corrections.
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