The media referred to the murder as a "botched cell phone robbery." The implication is that the killer didn't intend to murder his victim.
Byron White was 17-years old when he murdered Peterson.
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Peterson refused to hand over the phone, and White decided to leave. But when White heard the victim calling 911, he turned around, pulled out a gun and shot Peterson once in the chest, according to court documents.
According to prosecutors, White later told a friend he was disappointed Peterson's phone was not a nicer model.
Prosecutors say his mother led investigators to White at Sea-Tac Airport, where he was arrested before he could board a flight to Atlanta.
White, who is now 19, pled guilty Monday to first degree murder with a deadly weapons enhancement. The sentence range is 22 to 28 ½ years in prison, with an agreed sentence recommendation of 28 ½ years, according to prosecutors.
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