Killer gets max punishment in teen's death

March 19, 2010 2:29:49 PM PDT
He shot and killed a 17-year-old girl. He said it was an accident -- but Robert Odom's own tearful testimony apparently wasn't enough for the jury. They did not go easy on him. Odom's defense attorneys were hoping for 10 years of probation, but that's not what they got. Instead, he received the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

Robert Odom showed no emotion as the jury handed down the maximum sentence 20 years behind bars for causing the death of Allison Aubrecht. Outside the courtroom, her parents were shaken, but relieved.

"I was just thrilled that they gave him the maximum amount of punishment for the charge he received," Lori Aubrecht, Allison's mother said.

Last spring break, 17-year-old Ally, as her family calls her, partied at Odom's home. That's when the defendant placed a gun to the back of her head, and pulled the trigger, killing her. Odom said he thought the gun wasn't loaded. But prosecutors hope the sentence sends a message.

"We just believe that society has spoken," Jim Leitner, 1st Asst District Attorney, told Eyewitness News. "They will not tolerate alcohol, drugs and guns together."

Odom's grandmother, who didn't want to give us her name, said she lost her grandson today.

"You know, what's fair?" she asked. "They think it's fair, but as a grandmother what would you think?"

But Ally's parents point out that Odom would be a free man in 20 years, if not sooner, while their daughter is gone forever.

"She was a tremendous life force and brought good," Ally's father Robert Aubrecht said. "She was a responsible person."

Lori added, "She's just all part of our lives, everybody's life. It's very difficult. It's been very, very difficult."

Ally's mother says she has told all young people since Ally's death that any time they see a gun at a friend's house, they need to run the other way.


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