13-year olds should be living life and having fun with friends, but cheerleader Tristyn Bailey’s life was cut short after Florida teen Aiden Fucci Stabbed her 114 times.
The stabbing took place in 2021 and the jury finally sentenced Fucci to life in prison.
Just before his trial was set to begin in February, the 16-year-old pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for stabbing Tristyn when he was 14 and leaving her body in the woods at the end of a cul-de-sac near her house on Mother’s Day 2021.
Fucci received the maximum sentence for murdering the young cheerleader, which Tristyn’s family had stressed in court that they wanted.
“Aiden Fucci made a heinous decision on May 9, 2021, and took the very life that I brought into this world,” Tristyn’s mother, Stacy Bailey said tearfully in court.
“Please do not for one second think that he could be rehabilitated at any point. He is beyond saving,” she added.
Since he is a juvenile, Fucci was not eligible for the death penalty.
He is eligible to have his case reviewed in 25 years, allowing a judge to consider a lesser sentence.
“This case is probably the most difficult and shocking case that this county, St. Johns County, has dealt with,” Judge R. Lee Smith said before he handed down the sentence.
Tristyn was found dead on May 9, 2021, after her parents reported her missing. She had been stabbed 114 times.
Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Dunton noted, “49 of the stab wounds were to Tristyn’s hands, arms, and head. The were defensive in nature, which means she was still alive while Fucci was attacking her.”
When Fucci was arrested on May 10, 2021, he posted a selfie on social media of him in the back of a patrol car giving a peace sign with the caption, “Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately?”
Fucci subsequently made several “admissions” of guilt.
Police said, “We found his clothing stained with blood as well as a hunting knife believed to be the murder weapon in a nearby pond.”
Days before Tristyn’s killing, Fucci told his girlfriend that he planned to kill someone, though he didn’t specify who that was going to be.
He said it would be at night, he would drag someone into the woods and he would stab them, and it would happen within a month. He said he would act innocent, keep killing and run away.
Fucci’s attorneys tried to plead to the court that he suffered from severe mental health issues. They wrote and submitted a 17-page court filing to the judge in Fucci’s defense.
During a pre-trial conference via video from a room in the Duval County Jail, Fucci was heard talking about demons, saying, “Please don’t let the demons take my soul. The demons are going to take my soul away.”
Fucci then asked, “What’s going on?” and then says, “Why am I here? I just want to talk to my mom and dad. What’s going? What’s going on?”
In a letter to the court, Fucci apologized to Tristyn’s family.
“I’m sorry for all the pain I caused to the Bailey family,” he wrote. “I’m sorry to the friends, brothers, sisters, mom, dad and any other family relatives. I’m sorry that you didn’t get to know her that long. You did not have any long relationships with Tristyn and for that I’m sorry.”
Fucci’s grandmother asked the judge not to sentence him to life in prison, saying, “Please don’t take him out of our lives forever. I know there is some good in Aiden.”
Fucci’s mother, Crystal Smith, sent a letter to the judge asking him for a lesser sentence than life, writing, “he is not beyond saving”.
Crystal Smith is charged with tampering with evidence in her son’s murder case, allegedly for washing blood off her son’s jeans.
Her trial is scheduled to begin in April.
You can look in his eyes and see he is dead inside
It is outrageous that Florida will not impose the death penalty on juveniles! Another example of Ron DeSantis & his horrific liberal policies. DeSantis won’t protect Florida’s law abiding elderly residents from potentially lethal COVID “vaccines”, but he’s more than happy to protect this teenage monster from his rightful place in the electric chair! The people of Florida should be ashamed of Meatball Ron! That’s why real Republicans are supporting President Trump!!!
This sicko should be executed, along with his uncle (Dr. Anthony Fauci)! Crime is totally out of control in Florida, but Gov. “Meatball” Ron DeSantis is too busy running an illegal shadow Presidential campaign to perform his duties! He should stop trying to undermine President Trump & concentrate on fixing Florida!