‘I hope you burn in hell’ a Louisiana woman told the man convicted in the gruesome murder of her daughter she hopes he rots in jail before he is sentenced to life
Troy Varnado, 30, was sentenced to life on Thursday in New Orleans for the 2015 murder of mother-of-one Lindsay Nichols
Nichols, 31, was strangled, shot and stuffed into the trunk of her own car before they set the vehicle on fire in New Orleans East, on June 21, 2015
The 31-year-old victim’s mother, Jolene Dufrene, took to the witness stand during the sentencing and said her daughter’s 911 call would haunt her forever
Dufrene then addressed Varnado directly, saying: ‘I hope you burn in hell’
Varnado and his co-accused Thayon Sansom are accused of strangling, shooting and burning Nichols because he was angry she didn’t have sex with him
Sansom was sentenced to 40-years after pleading guilty to manslaughter
The second male suspect convicted in the depraved slaying of a young mother from Des Allemands in New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday after the victim’s mother gave an emotional statement in court.
Troy Varnado, 30, was sentenced to life on Thursday for the grisly 2015 death of 31-year-old mother Lindsay Nichols who was strangled, shot and burned to death in New Orleans East in June 2015, told her killer she wants him to ‘burn in hell’ right before he was sentenced to life in prison.
The victim’s mother, Jolene Dufrene, took to the witness stand during the sentencing and described how hearing the 911 recording of her daughter screaming for help would haunt her until ‘the day I die’, the Advocate reports.
Dufrene then addressed Varnado directly, saying: ‘I hope it haunts you too, but I doubt it will.’
‘My heart tells me your family did not raise you to be this evil person,’ Dufresne told him.
‘But I don’t have one ounce of compassion for you.
She later said she hoped he had a ‘miserable’ life in prison and ‘I hope you burn in hell’.
Varnado was found guilty by a jury in September of second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and obstruction of justice.
Lindsey Nichols was found shot to death in the trunk of a burned out car on June 21, 2015 in the New Orleans East area of Louisiana
Prosecutors had argued that Varnado killed Nichols, who has a nine-year-old son, because she refused to have sex with him on June 21, 2015..
Both Varnado and Nichols had been at Sansom’s apartment after going clubbing earlier in the night.
Varnado and Sansom had chased the victim out of the apartment before brutally beating her and stuffing her in the trunk of her own car.
They later shot her and set the car on fire on the side of the road.
A jury in September convicted Varnado, 30, of second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and obstruction of justice in the death of Lindsay Nichols.
Investigators said that a series of incriminating letters sent from jail by Sansom proved that the two men acted in concert. Cellphone location data also showed that Varnado was in the area of Downman Road and Chef Menteur Highway just before Nichols made a 911 call for help from there.
The mandatory punishment for second-degree murder in Louisiana is life without parole, so there was no suspense as to how Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman would sentence Varnado.