Altoona teens sentenced for murder of 15-year-old

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Three Altoona teens have been sentenced for the murder of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching in 2020.

Owen Southerland, 17, has been sentenced to 35 years to life and will be eligible for parole after 35 years. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and robbery, along with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal use of communications facility, illegally carrying a firearm and minor not to possess a firearm.

Omedro Davis Jr., 18, has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and a slew of other charges. He will be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.

Logan Persing, 18, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and robbery-related charges. He will be sentenced to 17 to 34 years in prison.

Damien Green, 17, is facing charges in relation to Pfirsching’s death and his case is pending.

Devon Pfirsching was killed on Feb. 25, 2020 in an Altoona alley. Police said the teens killed and robbed Pfirsching after luring him to meet them to buy marijuana.

Pfirsching’s loved ones, including his father, sister, grandmother, and a former classmate, spoke prior to the sentencing, emotionally sharing what this loss has done to their family and community.

“I don’t know if there’s ever closure for people, but this is one step forward for all families,” said Attorney Thomas Dickey, representing Persing.

Attorney’s on both sides said this should serve as a clear message that all actions have consequences.

“You may think you’re young, but your gonna have to be responsible for your actions,” said Attorney Dickey. “Use your head, think before you wanna act tough and be the ‘gangster guy’ or whatever it is you think you want to be, or ‘Mr. Tough Man’, because there are serious penalties to pay.” 

Prosecuting District Attorney Pete Weeks said he’s taking this as a challenge for Blair County, as for how they are going to “supervise and correct juveniles before they commit crimes.”

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