Brittany Navarra was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Friday afternoon for first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of 18-year-old Krista Pike in Madera.
The trial was moved to Stanislaus County because of defense attorney concerns over pretrial publicity in Madera County. Navarra was found guilty on Sept. 24.
Madera County District Attorney David Linn said five members of Pike’s family spoke during Friday’s sentencing in Modesto. He said their statements were “extremely powerful” as they recalled what an innocent and good person Pike was.
Prosecutors made the case that Navarra, then 16, convinced Dustin Gran to murder Pike because she was engaged to a boy Navarra wanted to date.
Navarra and Gran concocted and carried out the plan to kill Pike as she waited for her boyfriend to come home, prosecutors said.
Gran was convicted last year of first-degree murder and was sentenced in June to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Madera police had called the murder the most brutal they had seen in 20 years.
Said Linn, “I hope that the long-delayed conclusion of this case will bring some necessary closure for the family and that finally, justice has been done.”