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Convicted killer Dexter Allen sentenced to life in prison

Dexter Allen (Source: OPSO) Dexter Allen (Source: OPSO)

“This was a complete tragedy for our family, but we feel justice has been served,” says Elizabeth Pence.

It was the day Elizabeth Pence was waiting for. The killer of her husband and son, Dexter Allen, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Just to know that he won’t ever get out or do this to another family again, because April 22, 2015 he blew my family away literally,” says Pence.

Allen was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and 19 counts of simple burglary. On April 22, 2015, Allen went on a crime spree in a Metairie neighborhood, breaking into cars and eventually wandering into the Pence family home armed with a shotgun.

He shot 56-year-old David Pence three times as he slept in an easy chair. Pence’s son, Nicholas, was playing video games, and police say when he came in to the room, Allen shot him, too.

Allen grabbed a purse and iPhone from the kitchen counter and took off.

Elizabeth Pence called 911 when she discovered her husband dead and her son taking his last breath.

“I had 10 dollars in my purse, so at the end that means David’s life was worth 5 dollars and Nicholas’ life was worth 5 dollars. What a waste,” says Pence.

Allen’s attorney, Jerome Matthews, says despite the conviction, his client maintains his innocence. He says he isn’t surprised by the sentence.

“We didn’t have any funding. I didn’t have any experts to put on the stand, so it was completely the state doing what the state does,” says Matthews.

Matthews filed a writ with the Louisiana Supreme Court to delay sentencing so he could find money to investigate Allen’s background before the judge made his decision. That ruling, though, didn’t come in time.

“This is one of the reasons why Louisiana is the top state for incarcerated people. This hearing should not have happened today,” says Matthews.

After sentencing the Judge said,  “At no time has this court seen Allen show any emotion except anger. There’s been no remorse. No request to say I’m sorry or ask forgiveness from the family.”

“It was very difficult to watch him show no emotion. We still don’t know why he came in and shot David and Nicholas. It’s senseless. It doesn’t make sense,” says Pence.

Saturday marks the two year anniversary of David and Nicholas Pence’s death. She says while her questions may never be answered, she takes comfort in knowing justice has been served. 

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