Man in NV classmate’s killing set for sentencing

Aug 24 2012 - 11:55am


Kody Cree Patten. (Police photo)
Kody Cree Patten. (Police photo)

ELKO, Nev. -- One of two people accused in the March 2011 killing of a West Wendover High School classmate is set for sentencing in Elko.

Kody Cree Patten is set for a hearing Friday morning. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in May in a deal that spares him from the death penalty.

Patten and his then-girlfriend, Toni Fratto, were accused of the death of 16-year-old Micaela "Mickey" Costanzo.

Authorities say Costanzo was taken to a remote area near the Utah-Nevada border, where she was struck with a shovel and her throat was slit before she was buried in a shallow grave.

Toni Fratto pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and was sentenced in April to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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