Ashley Toye was sixteen years old when she took part in a double murder in Florida. According to court documents Ashley Toye was dating an older man named Kemar Johnston who was part of a gang known as the Cash Feenz who would kidnap two teenagers. The two teenagers would be tortured for quite sometime before they were murdered. Ashley Toye would say that her boyfriend forced her to stab the two victims and she did so for she feared for her life.
This teen killer would be sentenced to life without parole. Ashley Toye had her sentence thrown out in 2019 and is currently awaiting a new sentence in 2020
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Name:TOYE, ASHLEY M
Initial Receipt Date:04/12/2007
Current Facility:LOWELL ANNEX
Current Release Date:SENTENCED TO LIFE
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Cape Coral woman who was convicted for her part in the brutal murders of two cape coral teenagers more than a decade ago could be out of prison within the next 10 years. We’ve been following this case since the beginning, and we looked at what led to this point and what could be ahead for a convicted killer.
Ashley Toye was 17 years old when 18-year-old Jeffrey Sosa and 14-year old Alex Sosa were murdered in Cape Coral in 2006. Toye was sentenced to life in prison without parole after she was found guilty of her involvement in their deaths.
However, Toye’s life sentence has been overturned for a second time and she could walk free in the future.
For years, Toye has claimed she was coerced into her participation in the crimes.
In 2009, she told WINK News Anchor Lois Thome her abusive ex-boyfriend, alleged ringleader Kemar Johnston, forced her to take part in the murders of Jeffrey and Alex.
But a U.S Supreme Court ruling in 2012 bans mandatory life sentences for juveniles without a secondary hearing, giving Toye a chance for freedom.
In 2014, the appeals court overturned her life sentence, and Toye took the stand to convince Judge Bruce Kyle to reduce her punishment.
“The knife was handed to me,” Toye said in court back in 2014. “I didn’t know what to do at the time. There was guns in my face. I was wanting to save face, I guess you could say, and I felt like, ‘I’m going to do this too to be cool, to fit in.”
But Kyle wasn’t buying it. He, once again, sentenced Toye to life in prison.
Then, this past December, the Florida district court of appeals overturned Toye’s life sentence again and removed Kyle from the case.
Attorney Stu Pepper handled Toye’s first appeal and still keeps in touch with her. A Christmas card she sent him this year shows Toye, now 31 years old, with her child, a son she’s never really known because she went to jail when she was pregnant.
It’s up to the state attorney’s office to propose a new sentence and set a date, but the office has not commented. Meanwhile, Pepper believes that could happen in the next six months.
If everything goes in Toye’s favor, she could be out of prison within the next decade.
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Two convicted killers will go back to serving life in prison, after a fight to get a lesser sentence.
Ashley Toye and Roderick Washington, members of the Cashe Feenz gang, were re-sentenced to life this morning for their roles in the violent torture, and murders, of two Cape Coral teens.
The two had a chance to have their previous life sentences overturned, because a 2012 United States Supreme Court ruling decided juveniles can’t be given life sentences without parole.
The two were only 17 when they were originally put away, for their part in the murders of Jeffrey and Alexis Sosa.
Two weeks ago, Toye’s attorney, argued that his client did not shoot the teens and should not be behind bars forever.
The state agreed.
“I thought that was good enough for me, I thought it was good enough for the judge. Instead he went his own way,” said Toye’s attorney, Stuart Pepper.
At that re-sentencing hearing, Toye took the stand telling the judge she had been in an abusive relationship with Kemar Johnston, the ringleader of the Cash Feenz, and could not stop the murders from happening.
“Dead words. judge did not pick that up. I think his mind was made up beforehand. That’s my opinion,” said Pepper.
Roderick Washington’s lawyer also argued that although his client had a gun pointed on the victims at the time, he never actually hurt them.
The judge said he found it hard to believe these two didn’t know what was happening.
“I don’t understand how you could watch those boys be tortured, put into the trunk of a car to go to a second location, and not know that death was intended,” said Judge Bruce Kyle.
Once they have served 25 years, their sentence is eligible for a review. The time they have already served will count toward that.
Ashley Toye’s attorney says he plans to appeal.
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The life sentence of Ashley Toye has been reversed and a new sentence will be determined for the Cash Feenz member convicted of murder.
The reversal doesn’t mean Toye, 31, will be retried, only that a new sentence will be imposed. She will remain in prison while that is decided.
Toye was convicted in the murders of 14-year-old Jeffrey Sosa, 14, and his 18-year-old uncle, Alexis Sosa that took place at a Cape Coral home in October 2006.
According to police reports, the Cash Feenz, the name a group of teen rappers gave themselves, tortured the Sosas for hours on end by binding them, beating them, carving the initials of the rap group — “CF” — into their backs, pouring bleach into the fresh wounds, dragging them outside into the trunk of a car, where they were shot. The car was then set ablaze.
All but two of the 10 Cash Feenz members convicted remain in prison. Cody Roux, 32, was released in 2018, and Michael Balint, 32, was freed in December.
Serving life sentences are Roderick Washington, 30, and Kemar Johnston, 33. Others serving various non-life sentences include Melissa Rivera, 33, Paul Nunes, 31, Kenneth Lopez, 31, Alexis Fernandez, 31, and Iriana Santos, 29.
Toye was sentenced to life in 2007 and also given two 25-year sentences for kidnapping that are not affected by the reversal.
But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 declared that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for defendants under 18. Toye was 17 at the time of the crimes.
Her appeal was denied and she was sentenced to life again in 2015.
The denial to her appeal was reversed in December. The reversal was officially filed Jan. 23 and entitles her to a special hearing to determine the new length of her sentence.
That hearing could come as early as Feb. 17.
The state attorney’s office confirmed the reversal but declined to comment, citing the active case status.
In court documents on the reversal, the state’s recommendation was to give Toye something less than a life sentence.
According to the filing: “The state explained that while Toye was ‘an active participant,’ her culpability was different from her three co-defendants in her case who got the longest sentences … . Finally, the state pointed to Toye’s immaturity at the time of the offense and the fact that she had ‘actively sought to rehabilitate herself while she has been incarcerated.'”
The court’s decision also took into account what it and the state, agreed to, that there was no “clear jury finding” that Toye intended to kill the Sosas, a fact the court said made the verdict a violation of legality.
Toye will be represented by attorneys Mariko Outman and Chris Altenbernd, of Tampa. Fort Myers attorney Stuart Pepper has withdrawn from the case.
Toye would have been eligible for a sentence review in 25 years, at age 51.