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Teen Sentenced to Life in Prison for Brutal Murder of 13-Year-Old Girl in Florida

Sixteen-year-old Aiden Fucci was sentenced to life in prison after stabbing a 13-year-old girl more than 114 times and abandoning her body in a wooded area.

The teen receives the maximum sentence given the magnitude of the crime, as noted by St. John’s Judge Lee Smith.

“This was not done out of greed. This was not done out of retaliation, retribution, or revenge. It was not a crime of passion.” Smith said in remarks picked up by News4Jax.com “It was not a crime that was committed because he felt rejected by her. He did not do it in the fit of an uncontrollable rage. There was no reason. There was no purpose.”

The judge explained that Fucci murdered the teenager simply to satisfy what it felt like murdering another person.

He also explained that the teen’s age was considered at the time of sentencing, assuming her brain was not fully developed at the time of the crime, according to a report by Wfla.

“She suffered a painful and horrible death from someone she trusted…Her screams were likely suffocated by her own suffocating lungs. “There was a higher level of premeditation in this case.”

The teenager pleaded guilty to the crime in February, in addition to offering an apology through a handwritten letter read in court.

“To the community, I’m sorry for causing all this pain every day and I’m sorry and I know my [apology] won’t fix anything or bring her back, but I hope it helps in some way,” Fucci stated.

The victim’s mother commented in court that her daughter “was beyond saving” and described how thoughts of the last moments of her daughter’s life haunted her.

Fucci was not eligible for the death penalty, as he was 14 years old at the time of the murder.

Although the teen was scheduled to be tried as an adult, he nevertheless pleaded guilty on February 6, the day his trial was to begin.

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