A man shot a friend in the head and left his body to an abandoned home next to a school. Then, he burned the residence down.
Now, he will head to prison for decades.
Recently, a judge in West Virginia sentenced Caleb Sidun to life in prison for the murder of 33-year-old Dustin Allman in August 2020. However, Sidun will be parole eligible after 15 years. He was also sentenced to a 20-year term on an arson charge that will run after the murder term.
On Aug. 29, 2020, members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department responded to a Jane Lew, West Virginia, home after remains were found in a fire, according to WCHS. The remains were identified as Allman.
The victim’s father reported him missing earlier in the day and said Sidun was the last person to have contact with his son, according to the report. Allman told his dad he was at Sidun’s apartment.
Video surveillance showed the two walking together.
However, another video showed Sidun at a 7-Eleven buying $2 worth of gas before driving home, the report noted.
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A tipster told police that the two were in Sidun’s home when the killer shot Allman in the head, according to WCHS. No clear motive has ever been released for the killing. The tipster said when Sidun returned to an apartment he smelled like gasoline.
Allman’s family spoke during a sentencing hearing and his sister, Erica, told the judge the family is tormented by the victim’s final moments, according to the Weston Democrat.
“This murder will never be over for us,” she said, according to the Democrat. “He did not deserve such a gruesome death.”
Erica said her brother was funny, brave and fearless, according to the report. He loved fishing and spending time outside. He left behind a daughter and just promised to take her hunting before he was killed.
“There is no punishment that you could receive that will ever compare to the pain and suffering you’ve caused our family. He will remain in our hearts forever,” Erica said.
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