Life sentence for Vinita teen who shot and killed his stepmother in Aug. 2016.
VINITA – A Craig County teenage boy pleaded guilty on Friday to killing his stepmother and was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.
Koalten Glenn Orr, 15, of Vinita, entered the plea in Craig County District Court to first-degree murder in the Aug. 2016 death of Laura Hendrix, 38.
“Evidence proved Hendrix didn’t abuse Orr,” said Tony Evans, chief assistant district attorney.
This was collaborated through police investigation and Orr’s own statements, he said.
Orr was previously charged as an adult in August 2016. He was sentenced to a life prison term with all but 25 years suspended and required to pay $5,041.78 in restitution and will be on supervised probation upon release from the Department of Corrections, according to court records. Orr must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Hendrix’s parents, Jim Hendrix and Irene Cornwell and her daughter, Samantha Snodderly, all provided witness impact statements.
“It tore our family apart,” Cornwell wrote. “She was the heart and soul of our family.”
All three family members indicated the killing was senseless and Hendrix’s death left a large hole in the family.
Hendrix was fatally shot as she walked out of a bathroom and down a hall toward a then 14-year-old Orr, according to an arrest affidavit. She died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to an autopsy report.
Orr walked into the police station confessed to the shooting to a police dispatcher, the affidavit states. When approached by a police officer after confessing to the shooting, the teen “stood up and stated he needed a hug,” the affidavit states.
The teen told police he could hear Hendrix “wheezing after he shot her but did not call 911,” the affidavit states.