Destiny Coulson sentenced to 14 years in boyfriend's death

A Berrien County teen will spend the rest of her teenage years behind bars.

17-year-old Destiny Coulson was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

She entered a guilty plea last month for shooting her live-in boyfriend in the face.

For the first time in a handful of court appearances, the typically emotionless teen, showed remorse. Coulson wiped away tears during her sentencing.

The prosecuting attorney read a few letters from the victim's family that reminded the judge of how much they miss David Quinn Jr, 21.

He was shot in the face by Coulson after a night of arguing in January.

Coulson apologized in court saying she missed him too. “I cannot express how deeply sorry I am and how my world was changed forever.”
In past court proceedings experts testified that Coulson was truant and only read at a third grade level. She was also abusing drugs and alcohol and relying on disability payments while living with Quinn.

“She needed a mother, to guide her, to give her a sense of direction in this world that she didn't have,” explained Berrien County prosecuting attorney Steve Pierangeli. “One person who tried to give it to her, she tried to take that away, and that was DJ.”

Coulson entered a guilty plea in September.

As part of the agreement the prosecutor's office agreed to drop one charge and Coulson no longer faced life in prison.


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