Midstate teen sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in elder brother's death

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 13, 2017 5:44 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A midstate teenager has been sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in prison in the shooting death of his elder brother that authorities said stemmed from a dispute over a girl.

Sixteen-year-old Dakota Thornton was sentenced Tuesday in Dauphin County Court on an earlier guilty plea to third-degree murder in the March 2016 slaying of 18-year-old Dominick Thornton. reports that the defendant, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, told the judge that he and his brother had been arguing and he "wasn't thinking straight."

Defense attorney Wendy Grella called her client's family life "traumatic," saying his father had died two months before the slaying and he was in and out of foster care.

Dakota Thornton apologized for his actions, saying "I really did love my brother."

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