Teen accused of killing his sister takes plea deal

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A Bay County teenager who killed his younger sister at their Fountain home will spend the majority of his life in prison.
 
Fredrich Lochridge, Jr., 16, pled no contest during a plea hearing Tuesday morning to First Degree Murder. The teen accepted a 50 year prison sentence followed by ten years probation.
 
“You’re 16 at this time. You will be 66 when you get out of prison. Do you understand that,” Judge Brantley Clark asked.
 
“Yes, sir,” Lochridge replied.
 
Bay County Sheriff’s deputies found ten-year old Isabella Heffernan’s body in a large field behind the sibling’s Fountain home on February 21, 2015.
 
Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford referenced the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juveniles.
 
In determining an appropriate plea deal, he considered factors like Lochridge’s youth and clean criminal history. However, he pointed out Lochridge did display signs of someone who knew what he was doing.
 
“There are aspects of this crime that we believe demonstrated maturity. That being when the crime was committed, he took attempts to conceal this, the weapon that was used and originally denied his involvement in this case,” Basford said.
 
Defense Attorney Kim Jewell responded by saying there isn’t much maturity at Lochridge’s age but agreed to the sentence.
 
“Through our discussions of plea negotiations, I believe those were in fact taken into consideration, his youthfulness,” she added.
 
Jewell placed several class certificates into the record showing the teen has been making progress on his education while he has been in the Bay County Jail. Lochridge will be eligible for a sentence review at 25 years.
 
He will also get credit for 343 days of time served.
 

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The teenager accused of killing his sister agreed to a plea deal Tuesday.

Frederick Lochridge was 15 when he was charged with second degree murder with a firearm in the death of 10-year-old Izabella Heffernan. Izabella was found dead in a field behind her Fountain area home in February of last year.

Lochridge, 16, ultimately confessed to the killing and gave investigators three varied accounts for how the shooting happened.

Lochridge will now serve 50 years in prison with 10 years of probation. 

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