14-year-old girl sentenced to 25 years in jail for killing best friend after sleepover argument
A 14-year-old Texas girl got sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday after being convicted of stabbing her best friend to death last year.
The teenager stabbed her friend in the neck and chest after a fight over sleeping arrangements turned violent. Nylah Lightfoot later died from her injuries on May 29, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The convicted girl’s identity remains unnamed due to being a minor and told the court that she met Nylah at school, and called her “the best friend anyone could ever have.”
The 14-year-old girl testified about the night the tragedy took place. According to the girl, they all went to Nylah’s apartment after a pool party, but there was limited sleeping space. The girl went home because there was not enough room for everyone, and that's when the fight started.
The two girls fought via text until Nylah showed up at the girl's apartment around 2:30 am. The girl went inside to get a knife and told the court:
“I stabbed her, and I made the worst mistake of my life. I wish I had been thinking clearly at the time. I pulled it out instantly and tried to stop her from running.”
The girl attempted to stop the bleeding with a blanket and towels at which point her mother came outside and saw what happened.
According to the girl’s testimony, she wanted to hurt herself after Nylah died, but her mother talked her out of it. Soon afterward the girl turned herself in and told police officers where to find the knife she used to kill Nylah.
In June 2018, Nylah’s mother, Anntionette Carter told NBC5:
“Now, I’m daughterless. My heart feels like it’s been ripped out and stomped on.”
After sentencing, Anntionette said:
“You spent her last birthday with us. I don’t know how I come back from this.”
Both sides have rested for punishment phase. Heavily guarded court (families clashed) resumes after lunch. Juvenile murder trial; 14-year old already convicted for stabbing to death another teen at sleepover. Deceased Nylah Lightfoot (pictured). #TarrantCo pic.twitter.com/4B8j2mOMC5— Dionne Anglin (@DAnglinFox4) February 15, 2019
The girl’s trial began on Tuesday and got convicted of murder on Thursday. It took an hour and twenty minutes for the jury to find the girl guilty of murder and just over an hour to sentence her.
She will serve her 25-year prison sentence at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility until she turns 19 years old, then the court will decide whether to grant leniency or send her to adult prison.
Around the same time in rural Washington, Benjamin Eastman III suffered the same fate as Nylah when he got murdered by his best friend, 16-year-old Benito “Benny” Marquez.
On the morning of June 24, Ben’s father B.J. woke up to find his son not home. Initially, he was not worried, as he thought Ben to be with his best friend, Marquez. But soon it turned out that Ben went missing until his body got found naked and assaulted in a shallow grave on June 28. The grave, located on property belonging to relatives of Marquez, got covered in dirt with a makeshift cross.
Soon after, Ben’s lifelong friend, Marques along with 21-year-old Jonathon Adamson got arrested and charged with the premeditated murder and sexual assault of Benjamin Eastman III.
It is frightful to think that in both cases those involved in the murders were children and that their best friends were the ones involved in their deaths.
In a related story, Stuart Simpson experienced what it felt like being stabbed after his wife, 52-year-old Sonia Simpson knifed him repeatedly because he took to long doing shopping.
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