CREATED Oct. 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2012
LEE COUNTY - A teen serving life in prison for the brutal “Cash Feenz” murders back in 2006 will have her life sentence reviewed....and possibly reduced. Ashley Toye was 17 years old and pregnant when prosecutors say she and others brutally tortured two teens before they were shot to death and burned in a car in Cape Coral.
Tonight....Four in your Corner investigator Mike Mason has the exclusive jailhouse interview with Ashley Toye who's speaking about the grueling details of the murders and why she's now fighting to be released from prison.
These infamous killings were known as the "Cash Feenz" murders. The ringleader of the rap group by that name was Kemar Johnston....he and his girlfriend were convicted of both murders and sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison. Now, Ashley Toye talks about her role in the murders and why she feels she deserves a second chance.
I met 24 year old Ashley Toye in the visiting room of the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala, during the interview the A/C was broken and it was a steamy 90 degrees.
Mike Mason: “I'm hoping it will cool down in some way here, there's no way to turn it on huh?"
Ashley Toye: "I don't think it's going to come on." (fans herself)
Toye agreed to tell her story and relive the chilling events that happened the night of October 6, 2006. It began at her boyfriend's birthday party - Kemar Johnston was turning 20 and his friends gathered at his home in Cape Coral. But Toye says she had no idea the night would turn deadly....and two teens would be brutally tortured.
Ashley Toye: "It's a horrible thing, I can't even think about it."
Mike Mason: "Ok, so then they're hogtied, then what happens?"
Ashley Toye: "Just give me a moment, I don't like talking about it."
Before the night was over, 18 year old Alexis Sosa and his 14 year old nephew, Jeffrey, would be dead. Toye has had six years to reflect on what she did that night and feels like she now deserves a second chance.
Mike Mason: "So why should they let you out of prison?"
Ashley Toye: "I'm not a menace to society, I'm not a monster like everyone says I am. I made a mistake, you know, I've learned from it. It's been 6 years."
Before the murders, Toye says her relationship with Johnston was abusive....both physically and emotionally.
Ashley Toye: "He used to punch me right here and right here where nobody could see it and he would whip me with his belt and lock me in closets and hold guns to my head."
Two months before the murders, Toye became pregnant and says she was under Johnston's spell. She claims she had no choice but to participate in the Sosa's murders. The night the Sosa's arrived at Johnston's birthday party - Toye says people were shocked because the teens were known enemies of Johnstons and it didn't take long before it was clear something horrible was about to happen.
Ashley Toye: "At first he gave everybody a choice that everybody could leave, whoever wanted to leave could leave and everybody who wanted to stay could stay."
Johnston allowed some people to leave but several stayed, including Toye. According to records, the Sosa's were then hog tied and then held at gunpoint.
Ashley Toye: "That's when the torture came into play."
Toye says Johnston orchestrated the torture, snubbing out cigarettes on Alexs's skin as Jeffrey cowered in a corner. Prosecutors say the Sosa's were also tasered and beaten and at one point, Johnston pulled out a knife.
Ashley Toye: "He ordered everybody to do something cause he wasn't going to be the only one going down for it, that's when the knife got passed around."
Mike Mason: "The knife gets to you what happens?"
Ashley Toye: "Then I cut into Jeffrey."
Mike Mason: "What did you cut?"
Ashley Toye: "They say an asterisk but I don't remember doing it, honestly I don’t. I was in a state of shock."
During the trial, witnesses testified some carved the letters 'C-F' into the Sosa's backs....which stood for “Cash Feenz” all while the Sosas screamed and pleaded for their lives. But according to Toye, the Sosa's were threatened to keep quiet as they were being tortured.
Ashley Toye: "They were ordered not to talk."
Mike Mason: "Even they were…."
Ashley Toye: "Yes."
Mike Mason: "So if they talked.....
Ashley Toye: "They were probably going to get shot."
Mike Mason: "So they had to be quiet while they were being cut?"
Ashley Toye: "Yes."
Mike Mason: "But you took that knife and you sliced his back. How did that feel?"
Ashley Toye: "It was just chaos after that. I believe they tied them up.
Mike Mason: "With shoelaces."
Ashley Toye: "Yeah, God I haven't talked about this in a long time and they ended up putting them in a car."
Mike Mason: "There's a little more that happened before that, with the bleach?"
Ashley Toye: "Oh yes, the bleach was poured."
Witnesses testified bleach was poured into the Sosa's wounds as they screamed in pain. Toye denies being a part of that and claims she doesn't remember all the details about what happened that night.
Mike Mason: "But do you remember the human feeling of them not wanting to die?"
Ashley Toye: "I can imagine, but I can't, I can't."
Toye does remember the feeling of being forced to participate in the torture.
Ashley Toye: “I just did it because I felt like I had no choice."
Mike Mason: "What did you think he would do to you if you if you didn't do it?"
Ashley Toye: "Probably kill me, I mean I'm seeing very well what this man is capable of. It's happening right in front of my face."
After two and a half long hours of torture, the Sosas were only moments from death.
Ashley Toye: "They were taken out to the car and they were driven to the industrial park."
The Sosas were taken to the North Cape Industrial Park off Andaulusia Boulevard.
Ashley Toye: "I didn't see anything we just heard gunshots. The only thing going through my mind was, oh my God, he killed these people."
The Sosas bodies were thrown into their car and it was set on fire. It would be a couple of weeks before Toye or anyone else was arrested for the murders.
Ashley Toye: "We knew to keep our mouth shut. Nobody that is in that type of lifestyle is going to say anything for fear of what's going to happen to them."
Now Toye has had six years to reflect on what she did and wishes it never would have happened.
Ashely Toye: “I can't talk, it's serious to me you know, a big thing.
Mike Mason: "You feel bad?"
Ashley Toye: "Of course, I can't imagine. I put myself in their shoes every day."
Coming up tomorrow night, Ashley Toye says she's a different person now, and wants to move on with her life. We speak with her attorney who is fighting to help her do just that.