ELKO (AP) — One of two West Wendover High School students accused of killing a classmate and burying her in the desert has signed a plea deal with Elko District Attorney’s Office that would spare her a possible death sentence or life without parole if she’s convicted.
The 19-year-old Toni Fratto is set to appear in an Elko court Friday to finalize the deal, in which she’ll plead guilty to the reduced charge of second-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for using a deadly weapon, according to her attorney, John Springgate.
As part of the agreement, Fratto also would testify against her 18-year-old former boyfriend, Kody Patten, who is charged with first-degree murder.
Springgate says Fratto will face about 18 years in prison.
Both are accused of taking 16-year-old Micaela “Mickey” Costanzo to a remote area near the Utah-Nevada border on March 3, 2011, after the teen had finished track practice at West Wendover High School. Costanzo was struck in the head with a shovel and her throat was slit before she was buried in a shallow grave.