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Woman taking plea deal in classmate’s killing
by Tribune Staff
Jan 24, 2012 | 600 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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.
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