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4A Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 Feather River Bulletin BBI Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com William Leo Altes III was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison last week for the Dec. 1, 2014, murder of Greenville resident Lauren Lindskog Allen. Plumas County Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman handed down the sentence after a 15-minute hearing Friday, Oct. 2, in Quincy. Altes, 45, of Butterfly Valley, pled guilty to first-degree murder June 25. He initially pled not guilty. In a June 27 interview, Altes admitted to smoking methamphetamine before he went to Allen's home. He claimed he didn't remember brutally attacking Allen with a knife and hammer in her garage. But he said he knew he did it. He said he changed his plea to spare Allen's family the ordeal of a graphic and emotional trial. During Friday's somber sentencing hearing, Allen's boyfriend, Jared Tappero, and her daughter, Sutter, offered prepared statements in court. Sutter's statement was read by County Victim Witness representative Kori Langreher as the 22-year-old held Langreher's arm. Sutter said her mother considered Altes, who sometimes did part-time work for Allen, a kind and trustworthy person. "How could a kind person that I was supposed to trust kill my mother and tear my life apart?" Sutter wrote. "My mom will never be there to see me get married. William Altes My children will never be able to meet their grandmother .... My life will never be the same. "I am thankful that Billy chose to do the right thing and plead guilty. Thank God we do not have to go through the graphic and emotional trial. Lauren Allen "In the past 10 months, I've tried hard not to be angry. I do not want to have hate or anger towards Billy. ... Sadness and fear is enough. But please, do not let there be a possibility of Billy being paroled ... please." Tappero, who discovered Allen's body, talked about her selfless contributions to the community and how she impacted the lives of thousands of children and young adults who attended her summer camp. He emphasized the close relationship between Allen and her daughter. "Lauren was a light in Sutter's life; her mentor and champion. To lose her mother in such a brutal fashion, at the home in which she was raised and continues to live, has been life-changing. "Lauren dieda senseless and tragic death, at the hands of a man she trusted, a man who benefited from her generosity. "Reportedly, Lauren's assailant claims not to remember committing this atrocity .... This claim is as unbelievable as the act." District Attorney David Hollister never had a chance to try the case before a jury. He told the court there was evidence to prove Altes planned the murder. "The defendant's attack was premeditated. It was vicious. It was savage. And, quite frankly, it was cowardly," Hollister said. Judge Kaufman agreed the district attorney's evidence could be submitted for use by a parole board, or in the event Altos tries to appeal the sentence. With credit for 305 days served in the county jail, Altes will be eligible for parole when he is 70. Q, from page 1A years or older. Entry fee, $10 per player. Food and drinks available for purchase. Sign up by Oct. 9 at ESCAPE, from page 1A there are orders from the fire marshal that prevent him from making any structural changes. "It's a fundamental flaw in the facility and there's nothing I can do to change that," Hagwood said. Essentially, the inmates walked out through a door. Soon after the two men escaped, they discarded their jail clothing and headed east past Mill Creek Road. They were apprehended in a residential area less than 1,730 feet from the jail. During last week's Board of Supervisors meeting, Kory Felker, who lives in the neighborhood where the inmates were captured, asked why residents weren't notified about the jailbreak. "Why was the Plumas County emergency response email/text/phone alert not completed?" Felker said. He told the supervisors his family was in shock when they found out about the escape. Hagwood said there wasn't time to send an alert. He said there was only one 911 dispatcher on duty and that person was helping to coordinate the search. He said the dispatcher "That portion of the corrections facility is being used for a purpose it was never intended to be used for." Greg Hagwood Plumas County Sheriff would have to record a "If it had gone on for one, message, input it to a two or three hours, we different software system would have notified and activate it. residents in the entire "Too many things were (American) Valley," he said. happening at once for one According to District person to do it all," Hagwood Attorney David Hollister, said. Amergian-Garrett pled 'no He said officers had a good contest' to felony escape idea where the escapees Friday, Oct. 2. He will serve were and knew which an additional 16 months in general direction they were state prison. Swangler is heading. If officers would scheduled for a pre-trial have lost contact with the conference Oct. 9, and likely fleeing inmates, Hagwood faces the same sentence as said a phone message alert Amergian-Garrett. would have been sent. DuPont Power Tools. Doubles Tournament next Saturday. Fashion Fashionistas show at Vet's Hall on Lawrence St. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show starts 7 p.m. Benefit for Friends of PC Animals, PAWS and Plumas Arts. Monday - Friday: Anniversary Celebration at Yoga & Wellness Center, free week of classes. 86 E. Main St. For information: 283-3536, quincyyogawellness.com. Tuesday: Sierra West End Educational Theatre, a drama-based program for teens, trains peer educators and mentors. Meets 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesdays at the West End Theatre, 14 Crescent Street. Wednesday: Magic Beanstalk Player program for K-2 grades, focusing on drama skills, improv, characterization, storytelling, monologues and learning a musical number. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St. Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. 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