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Teenager sentenced for killing 5-year-old girl

Sep 5, 2013
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A Niagara Falls teenager has been sentenced to 22 years-to-life in prison for killing a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting.

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One of the two young men involved in the murder of a 5-year-old girl in Niagara Falls last summer has accepted a plea bargain for his role in the crime.

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A Niagara Falls teenager has pleaded guilty to last year's killing of a 5-year-old girl whom he was babysitting.

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As many as 1000 people attended a memorial mass on Saturday at St. Louis Church in Buffalo, remembering the short but vibrant life of Isabella Tennant.

The five year old girl was murdered and her body found in a garbage tote in Niagara Falls. A family friend, 16 year old John Freeman, faces a second-degree murder charge in the case, and 18 year old Tyler Best is accused of evidence tampering.

Isabella's father thanked the community for the outpouring of support as the family recovers from the tragedy.

The Niagara County Coroner released results of an autopsy Tuesday revealing the cause of death of 5-year-old Isabella Sarah Tennant.  

Niagara County Coroner Cindy-Lou Joyce tells WBFO & AM-970 News Tennant died from "asphyxiation due to mechanical obstruction of the airway and compression of the neck."

Two teenage boys,  16-year-0ld John Freeman and 18-year-old Tyler Best, appeared in Niagara Falls City Court Tuesday morning for an arraignment on charges related to the death of Tennant.

Both entered not guilty pleas.