Convicted 'Cash Feenz' killer may have sentence reconsidered
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A convicted killer involved in the infamous 'Cash Feenz' murders may have her sentence reconsidered. Ashley Toye was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of two teens in Cape Coral back in 2006. But now her attorney is asking a judge to reconsider that punishment.
Four in your Corner investigator Mike Mason spoke with Toye's attorney and has more.
Ashley Toye is now 23 years old, at the time of the murders she was 17 and pregnant. She received two life sentences but now a Supreme Court ruling may allow her to get out of prison because she was a minor at the time of the murders.
Ashley Toye was born on Halloween, but three weeks before her 18th birthday something evil happened that would haunt her for the rest of her life.
Stuart Pepper: "She comes across to me as a very unfortunate victim of circumstance, now i'm not excusing the conviction. The jury found her guilty.”
In October of 2006, Toye's boyfriend, Kemar Johnston, was having his 20th birthday party at his home in Cape Coral.
That's when 18 year old Alexis Sosa and his 14 year old nephew, Jeffrey, showed up.
The two teens apparently got into an argument with Johnston and that's when they were both tied up, beaten, and brutally tortured before being shot to death. For her involvement, Toye was sentenced to two life terms. She now has a new attorney, Stuart Pepper, who is filing a motion in an attempt to have her sentence reduced.
Stuart Pepper: "Had she not shown up to that party, this murder would have happened anyway. The point is; with or without her Kemar and his associates were going to kill these two kids.”
Pepper says back in June, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles who are sentenced to life in prison are now allowed to have that punishment reconsidered.
Stuart Pepper: "The punishment she got is deemed to be illegal because they reasoned that you can't execute juveniles, but when you have someone sentenced to life in prison it's a death sentence, you can die in prison. What's the difference?
Toye admits she was involved in torturing the teens but says she had nothing to do with the deadly shootings. Pepper says Toye is sorry for what she did but was only involved because she was being manipulated by Johnston.
Stuart Pepper: "Being young and impressionable he, kind of like a Charles Manson thing, he totally controlled her and dominated her and she told me actually a couple of weeks ago in jail the best thing that happened to her was going to jail, not for life but to get away from this man.”
Stuart Pepper mailed the legal paperwork to Toye today and after she signs it then he will then file a motion to have her sentence reconsidered. We'll let you know how it turns out.