AIDEN FUCCI, a teen killer, was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a 13-year-old cheerleader. 114 times


The Florida teen sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a 13-year-old cheerleader when he was 14 years old.

Aiden Fucci stabbed cheerleader Tristyn Bailey 114 times to death in 2021. According to authorities, he was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, March 24.

Aiden Fucci, now 16, was sentenced by Judge R. Lee Smith, according to Haley Harrison of the State Attorney’s Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Fucci’s sentence will be reviewed by a judge in 25 years, according to Harrison.

Fucci pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in February. He was 14 years old when he was arrested in connection with the May 9, 2021 slaying.

Bailey was discovered dead in the woods near Jacksonville. Fucci told investigators in a probable cause affidavit that he got into an argument with Bailey and pushed her to the ground after they left a mutual friend’s house before dawn on May 9.

Fucci took a photo of himself in the back of a police vehicle flashing a peace sign and posted it to social media with the caption, “Hey guys, has anybody seen Tristyn lately?”

He was arrested on May 10 and charged with second-degree murder at the time.

A grand jury indicted Fucci on a first-degree murder charge a few days later, and he was scheduled to stand trial as an adult.

State Attorney R.J. Larizza stated that the number of stab wounds supported the charge and demonstrated that the attack was planned.

Forest Tristyn, Tristyn’s father, spoke on behalf of his family following the verdict on Friday, March 24.

He left a message for his late daughter.

“Tristyn, I just wanted to let you know how proud we are of the person you were during your time here,” he said. “We saw that when you went out into the world, you gave it your all. You should be proud of the friend you were, the teammate you were, and what you left behind, as well as the people you knew who we trust will carry on and make the world a better place.”

As he continued to speak, his voice cracked.

“We feel it in our hearts what you mean to our family. There are no words to describe it. We adore you. We will always remember you, and we will always be the Bailey Seven.”

He expressed gratitude to the judge for the sentence he had imposed.

“We are very grateful for this outcome and believe it is the appropriate verdict given the heinous nature of the crime and Aiden’s behavior in the aftermath.”

He went on to say that Fucci’s family should not be mistreated because they, too, are in pain.

“Please be kind to them. They should be shown compassion for their suffering. They should not be subjected to additional hardship.”

During a sentencing hearing on March 22, Bailey’s family gave emotional accounts.

Tristyn’s sister, Alexis Bailey, placed 114 teal stones in a glass jar to represent each time Fucci stabbed her younger sister.

“Aiden Fucci took everything from us that day, not just Tristyn’s life,” she said during the hearing.

Alexis and her sister, Brittney Bailey Russell, both claim to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the slaying. Russell was on her honeymoon when she discovered her sister had gone missing.

“Agony isn’t enough pain. Shattered to the core does not crumble the way I do. “Infuriated doesn’t even begin to describe the level of rage I’m experiencing,” Russell explained. “And believe me when I say that justice is just another word for comfort.” It will not bring her back.”


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