Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, April 24 2012 at 5:15 PM, Updated: Tue, April 24 2012 at 5:27 PM
The mother of a murdered teen spoke to the man that fired the fatal shot in Klamath County court this morning.
20 year old Reggie Townsend will spend 15 years in prison for a drive-by shooting that left 18 year old Troy Allen dead. The victim's mother, Barbara Allen, noted that others could have also been killed when she addressed Townsend in the courtroom...
"This wasn't just a drive-by. You were there to argue. Argue about Ed's sticking out, and fighting - and you just said 'F' it, and started shooting. You came an inch and a half from hitting Petey, or Badger's head as he was laying in another room."
The shooting took place in November of 2010 at a home in the Agency Lake area near Chiloquin. Townsend admitted in court to being the gunman...
"We were driving to the house, I told him 'just go a little farther'. As soon as he looked away, I slipped the gun out the window, and just fired at the house."
Co-defendant Danny Torres was sentenced last week to over six years in prison for his role in the shooting. 20 year old Ezzard Jackson was also in the car at the time of the shooting, he's also serving a six year sentence.
Barbara Allen showed Townsend pictures of her son at the sentencing hearing...
"We got screwed on this. Because when you come out, you're still going to be a young man."
Townsend also had a message for parents...
"Whenever you see those little kids acting up, let them know - what happens - situations go bad."
Initially charged with murder, Townsend pled guilty to manslaughter as part of a negotiated agreement.
Investigators say the incident was sparked by a dispute that had taken place in Chiloquin the night before. All three defendants had been drinking heavily prior to the shooting.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.