W. Wendover teen pleads guilty in classmate's killing

Jan 28 2012 - 10:23am

ELKO, Nev. -- One of two West Wendover High School students accused of killing a classmate and burying her in the desert has pleaded guilty in a Nevada court to a reduced charge in a plea deal that spares her the death penalty.

An Elko County District Court officer said 19-year-old Toni Fratto pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Dan Papez to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.

Fratto faces 21 years to life in prison at sentencing April 16.

Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge and Fratto agreed to testify against her former boyfriend, Kody Patten.

Patten still faces a first-degree murder charge in the shovel and knife slaying last March of Micaela "Mickey" Costanzo.

Patten's lawyer is asking prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table if he is convicted.


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