Sisters React To Seeing Sister’s Killer For The First Time At Re-Sentencing Hearing

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A man who was 15 years old when he killed and raped a 4-year-old girl in Fayetteville could be released from prison.

In July 1986, Christopher Segerstrom brutally murdered 4-year-old Barbara Thompson in a wooded area near the apartments where she lived.

On Friday (Nov. 4), Segerstrom who is now 45 years old, was at the Washington County Courthouse for a hearing that could lead to a new and possibly shorter sentence.

Barbara’s sisters said knowing he may get out is a nightmare.

"I didn't even want to breathe the same air as him in that courtroom, it made me sick," Trena Hoffman said.

Trena Hoffman is Barbara’s younger sister and was just two-months-old when Barbie, as family calls her, was killed.

Hoffman was at the courthouse with Rachel Wilson, who was born after the murder.

"To just see him sitting there in court and staring at us back with this smug look on his face that he knows he's back and he knows what he`s doing. He knows he`s stirring this up again for us," Rachel Wilson said.

The murder was gruesome and court documents state Segerstrom lured Barbara into the woods, telling her they would catch butterflies. Then he raped her and killed her with a rock.

"Finally seeing him come in the courtroom seeing the person who actually did it instead of just a picture, it made me sick," Wilson said.

A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found mandatory life sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional. Now that decision is being applied retroactively to cases like Segerstrom's.

Barbie’s sisters are hoping for one thing.

"That he goes back to prison. He shouldn't get a second chance; my sister can`t get a second chance, just justice for Barbie," Hoffman said.

There are more than 50 cases across Arkansas like Segerstrom's and just last month a man who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a Springdale pawn shop owner when he was 17-years-old was released from prison.

Another hearing having to do with re-sentencing is scheduled for this month for a different juvenile convicted of murder in Washington County.

1 Comment

  • Sandy Ryers (@RyersSandy)

    My daughter was raped when she was 5 by a 17 1/2 yr old man already in the Army. The judge and defender were crooked and he got off with 2 years in jail and not having to register as a sex offender. He admitted to the crime. My daughter went through questioning and examining. They had all proof. But they passed it back between juvenile and adult court. Lied and said the victims family wanted it in juvenile court and then said a law prevented them from putting it back in adult court. Then they let him go even earlier and without having to register because they said they accidentally put the wrong charge on the paperwork. They asked him why he did it and he said “because I could and because I felt like it”. That’s not justice and that’s not safe for his next victim. He’s a psychopath.

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