Posted: May 8, 2013 5:33 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Updated: May 9, 2013 8:31 AM
Two people convicted in the 2010 murder of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers will be going away for life.
Rhonda Wisto and her son, Frank York, were found guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and torture.
They were sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dystiny's beaten and burned body was found in a shallow grave near Santa Margarita in September 2010.
Dystiny Myers' family and friends filled the courtroom to finally hear the fate of Rhonda Wisto and Frank York.
But before he was sentenced, York wrote down his thoughts.
"I know today is the day I must accept the punishment for the crime and act of violence that in my heart I know I would never let happen," wrote Frank York in a letter to Myers' family.
It was the first time Dystiny's family heard him apologize for being part of the 15-year-old girl's brutal murder.
"I'm sorry for the loss and the heartache that's happened in your everyday lives," wrote York in his apology letter.
But his remorse seemed to not be enough for some of the Myers family.
"And I do not forgive you at all and hope you rot," said Aileen Lucas, Dystiny's mother.
Dystiny's mother Aileen took a long pause before she looked at Wisto and told her she took away something that can never be replaced.
"Your words of ‘she was a nobody,' well look around lady, you are here all by yourself. She was a somebody. She will be now and she will be later," said Dystiny's Mother Aileen.
And before court was adjourned, Dystiny's grandmother gave Wisto and York one last look at the young woman her family says will never be forgotten.
"I look at this picture and think I'll never get to see my grandchildren. I'll never get to see my granddaughter married," said Dystiny's grandmother Kathy Clark.
Wisto and York will also have to pay $10,000 each in restitution costs to Dystiny's family.
They do have the opportunity to file for an appeal in the next 60 days.
Dystiny's family and friends wore ribbons today in her honor and they were green, which was Dystiny's favorite color.
Three others are also convicted in Dystiny's murder.
Ty Michael Hill and Cody Miller were convicted of first degree murder and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jason Greenwell testified against Wisto and York and made a deal with the District Attorney's office that would make him eligible for parole in 15 years.
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