Toni Fratto was seventeen years old and living in Nevada when she would murder Micaela Costanzo
According to court documents Toni Fratto was dating Kody Patten and she was jealous that another teen, Micaela Costanzo, was attempting to steal her boyfriend.
Toni Fratto and Kody Patten would take Micaela Costanzo to a remote location where she was struck in the head with a shovel and had her throat slit then buried in a shallow grave
Toni Fratto and Kody Patten would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Toni was eligible for parole after eighteen years and Kody has no shot at parole
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Toni Fratto is serving a life sentence however she was eligible for parole in 2021. At her first hearing her parole was denied
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Toni Fratto is currently incarcerated at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center
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A Wendover woman has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in the murder of a classmate last March.
Toni Fratto, 19, was sentenced in Elko District Court Monday morning to life in prison, with an additional 20-year enhancement for using a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime.
Fratto will be eligible for parole in 10 years. However, due to Nevada court statutes, even if parole were to be granted in 2022, Fratto would have to serve an additional eight years for the enhancement, bringing the total minimum possible time she could serve to 18 years in prison.
Fratto pled guilty in January to second-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon in the March 2011 killing of 16-year-old Micaela Costanzo. One of two defendants in the case, Fratto confessed her involvement in the crime last April in an effort to help her boyfriend, Kody Patten, now 19, who had been arrested and charged for the crime.
Costanzo was reported missing after she failed to come home after track practice that afternoon. Hundreds of community members searched for the missing girl, and her body was found two days later in a shallow grave about five miles west of West Wendover, Nev. Costanzo had been struck in the head with a shovel and her neck was cut. Based on evidence at the scene and security footage from West Wendover High School, police questioned Patten and arrested him for the murder after he allegedly confessed to the act.
Fratto told Patten’s attorneys that she had been involved in the crime. She had struck Costanzo in the head with a shovel after Costanzo had fallen to the ground and become unconscious from hitting her head on a rock, and participated in the disposal of evidence, including a knife and Costanzo’s book bag, in a part of the desert northeast of Wendover, Utah, in Tooele County.
Fratto’s prison sentence has now begun, while Patten is awaiting trial for the charges against him, which are for open murder with the use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Patten could potentially face the death penalty.
Part of Fratto’s plea arrangement was for her to testify against Patten in exchange for a reduction of her murder charge and dismissal of other charges, including willfully destroying evidence of the commission of a felony and attempted willful destruction of evidence of the commission of a felony.
Patten’s trial is scheduled for late July.
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A Nevada woman convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a West Wendover teenager a decade ago has lost her first bid for parole.
Toni Fratto, 28, has been imprisoned since 2012 for her role in the killing of 16-year-old Micaela Constanzo, whose body was found in a shallow grave about 5 miles from the Utah line.
Elko District Attorney Tyler Ingram told the Elko Daily Free Press on Monday that Fratto’s parole was denied. She had appeared before the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners via a video conference in February.
Kody Cree Patten, 28, was convicted of first-degree murder in Constanzo’s death in 2011 and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Fratto was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years for second-degree murder, but both she and Patten received an additional eight to 10 years for the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime.
Prosecutors say the two were involved in a relationship at the time of the killing.
Ingram said if Fratto had been granted parole on the murder charge, she would not have been released from prison, rather she would have started serving the second sentence.
Her next parole hearing is scheduled May 2024.
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