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Parents Learn Painful Detail as Daughter's Killer Sentenced

Shaun Gallon gets 3 life sentences in 2004 Jenner murders
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2019 12:02 PM CDT
A memorial cross of stone for Lindsay Cutshall and her fiance Jason Allen is seen bolted to a cliff above Fish Head Beach north of Jenner, Calif.   (Kent Porter /The Press Democrat via AP, File)
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(Newser) – "I snapped." With that, a California man admitted to the murders of an engaged couple shot in the head at close range as they slept on a beach in Jenner 15 years ago. The 2004 murders stumped law enforcement for more than a decade before a now-40-year-old survivalist was arrested for the fatal shooting of his brother in 2017. Shaun Gallon then confessed to killing Midwesterners Lindsay Cutshall, 22, and Jason Allen, 26, in audio heard by the victims' families for the first time Monday in a Sonoma County courtroom, shortly before Gallon was handed three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Among the painful revelations: Allen was shot first. Then "the girl sat up."

  • "We were hoping she was still sleeping," Cutshall's father, a pastor, said in his victim impact statement; he heard that detail from Gallon's April 2017 confession for the first time in court on Monday. "To think I was just three and a half weeks away from officiating that wedding." During her own statement, Cutshall's mother held her daughter’s wedding dress, tags still on. "It represents what they lost," she said.
  • The couple had been working at a Christian summer camp before taking a sightseeing trip up the California coast. Gallon said he assumed they were homeless when he spotted them descending down an embankment. He later returned to the area, climbed down a 200-foot cliff, and shot Allen in the head as he slept.

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