Sebastian Olivares-Coster, the Helena teen who admitted to fatally shooting a peer and seriously injuring two others last June, appeared in court on Friday and was ordered to serve three life sentences in prison.
Olivares-Coster, 18, pleaded guilty last November to the shooting murder of 16-year-old Cory Andrewski, as well as the attempted murder of two others. The shootings occurred after Olivares-Coster intervened in a text-messaging disagreement between Leary and another boy; the disagreement involved a 15-year old girl. Leary, Andrewski, and Wohlers thought they were meeting the other boy for a fight when they were shot.
Andrewski's mother testified today, asking the judge to follow the state's recommendation of 150 years in prison without parole. Also taking the stand today were teens Kahner Leary and Joey Wohlers; Wohlers was shot seven times on the night of June 3rd, and Leary was shot in each arm and shoulder and in the lower torso.
Do you think the sentence is a bit severe? He only killed one person yet received three life sentences.
Do you think the mother of the dead boy will experience closure and benefit from this heavy sentence? Or does it sound like she's consumed with the kind of hate and desire for revenge and nothing will satisfy?
What kind of gun did he use? It sounds like a lot of shooting doesn't it?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.