Victim in Polson Shooting: ‘I Hope You Go to Hell’

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The man who went on a shooting spree in Pleasant Hill in 2014 has been sentenced to 55 years in prison. Pete Polson must serve 27 years before becoming eligible for release.

Polson was sentenced Wednesday morning in Polk County Court. During the sentencing, victims and their family members made victim impact statements.

Mark Mitchell addressed Polson directly, “I hope you get everything you deserve. There is a special place in hell for guys like you. I hope you spend the rest of your life in prison. I hope you die in there, and I hope you go to hell.”

Pete Polson at his sentencing hearing. (WHO-HD)
Pete Polson at his sentencing hearing. (WHO-HD)

Mitchell’s wife Melissa also addressed Polson, “I got more angry at you knowing you were walking around in a jail cell, while Mark laid in a coma.”

Victim Zach Whitehill told Polson he still suffers from mobility issues in his arm because of the shooting and he now has a permit to carry.

The third victim, Matt Sephenson, said, “You will get what you get. I hope he throws it at you buddy.”

Polson also made a statement at his sentencing. He said he has accepted that he may spend the rest of his life in prison and he his sorry. He also said, “I wish now that every bullet would have hit me instead. It is impossible to come to terms with this. I hope that when I say I’m sorry, it heals in some way.”

In October a jury found Pete Polson guilty of attempted murder, two counts of assault, two counts of willful injury causing serious injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and failure to affix a drug stamp.

Polson hit Mark Mitchell and Zach Whitehill when he opened fire in November of 2014. He also fired at Matt Stephenson but missed. All of the victims survived.

During the trial Polson claimed not to remember the shootings because he said he was on drugs.


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