There has been more justice for brutalized Seath Jackson — not that it will do him any good or ever remove the utter horror and grief his parents have endured. Amber Wright has been convicted in what is one of the most gruesome murders ever committed by teen killers:
Amber Wright became the third person to be found guilty for her role in the brutal murder of Seath Jackson, 15, who was beaten, shot, mutilated and burned after being lured to a house in a honey trap last year.
Jurors in Ocala, Florida, delivered their verdict this afternoon after just two hours of deliberations and five days of witness testimony. Wright, 16, was being tried with her brother Kyle Hooper, 17, with separate juries.
The teens face life in prison for their part in the murder of Seath last April.
Along with Michael Bargo Jr, 20, Justin Soto, 21 and Charlie Kay Ely, 19, they are accused of luring Seath back to Charlie Kay Ely’s Summerfield home where they beat and shot him to death.
They allegedly mutilated his body and threw it into a burn pit outside the home.
Ely was convicted last fall and is now serving a life sentence. Soto pleaded guilty on May 30 and was sentenced to life in prison, according to Ocala.com.
Wright’s defense team tried to argue that there was nothing linking the 16-year-old to the crime scene and it was only in recorded video interview with authorities did she admit that she came up with the plan with the other defendants.
But prosecutors charged that if it was not for text messages sent by Wright throughout the day luring him to the home, Seath would never have went to the Summerfield home.
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.