15-Year-Old Boy in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Confesses to Killing 18-Year-Old Brother

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
March 30, 2016 Updated: March 31, 2016

A teenager in Pennsylvania has admitted to killing his older brother because of a dispute over a girl.

Dakota Thornton, 15, told investigators that he shot Dominick Thornton, 18, early Wednesday in Williamstown.

Troopers responded to a 911 call shortly after 2 a.m. and found Dakota Thornton in an apartment.

The criminal complaint obtained by ABC27 says the teen put his hands in the air and stated, “I shot my brother.”

(Dauphin County Prison)
(Dauphin County Prison)


Thornton was charged as an adult with murder and possession of an instrument of crime after he told police about a .410-gauge shotgun hidden nearby that they then located.

“They were both interested in the same girl,” District Attorney Ed Marsico said, reported PennLive

The 15-year-old told officers that he “ultimately shot and killed his brother over the fact that he was romantically interested in the brother’s girlfriend.”