September 15, 2010
Mason County, Washington (The Weekly Vice) - Peter James Wilson, a 29-year-old Washington man pleaded guilty to murder charges Monday after he slashed his 5-year-old step-daughter's throat following an argument with his wife about how to discipline the child.
According to Mason County prosecutors, Wilson and his wife were staying at a holiday home near Lake Cushman back in June when the couple got into a heated discussion about how to discipline 5-year-old Clare Shelswell and her eight-year-old sister.
Investigators say the argument ended when Wilson told his wife that he would "take care of it." That's when he reportedly walked into the kitchen, picked up a knife and then slashed the little girl's throat all the way through the windpipe.
Emergency workers found Clare's body in a pool of her own blood minutes after 911 operators received a panicked call from the girl's mother, Sarah Wilson. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following Monday's plea, Wilson now faces at least 22 years in prison, however prosecutors say they plan on seeking an "exceptional sentence" in this case because of the gruesome nature of the crime, the age of the victim and her inability to protect herself.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This case strikes me hard because I myself have a daughter the same age as Clare. Children at Clare's age typically have an unbridled, seemingly endless supply of unconditional love. It truly seems unfathomable that a man, who was most likely bigger than life to this little girl, could betray everyone's trust in such a heinous and vile way.
We're not sure how a case like this could possibly qualify for anything close to 22 years, but we hope the prosecutor is true to his word and finds a way to put this man in jail for the remaining years of his life.
Justice will never fully be realized until this maggot is sitting ass naked on the hottest coals of hell.
Our hearts go out to Sarah Wilson, her surviving daughter, and the entire family.
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Peter Wilson Pleads Guilty To Murding 5-Year-Old Step-Daughter Following Spat With Wife