Fredrich Lochridge was fifteen years old when he shot and killed his ten year old sister. According to court documents Lochridge would shoot his sister in her back and then in the head before cleaning the wounds, placing her in a white dress and hiding her body.
Once the little girl was found Fredrich gave the police a number of stories including (A) He was teaching his sister how to shoot when she shot herself in the chest so he shot her in the head to put her out of her misery (B) He was shooting at a deer and hit his sister instead (C) A mystery assailant attacked his sister and he attempted to shoot him but shot his sister in the head. Eventually he would confess to the murder. This teen killer would be sentenced to fifty years in prison with the last ten to be served on parole
Fredrich Lochridge 2023 Information
|Name:||LOCHRIDGE, FREDRICK M|
|Initial Receipt Date:||02/01/2017|
|Current Facility:||LAKE CITY C.F.|
|Current Release Date:||02/10/2066|
Fredrich Lochridge Other News
A Florida teenager who fatally shot his 10-year-old sister has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Fredrich Lochridge Jr., 16, was sentenced on Tuesday after he pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge for the death of his sister, Izabella Heffernan.
Heffernan’s body was initially found by local authorities last February in a field close to her family’s home in Panama City, Florida.
The autopsy shows the girl had gunshot wounds to her chest and cheek from a rifle.
Lochridge initially claimed he shot his sister after mistaking her for a deer. Then he told police he accidentally shot her while aiming for an attacker.
He finally admitted to shooting his sister in the chest — also by accident — while he was teaching her how to use a rifle.
After, he shot her in the head to end her suffering.
“She started making gurgling noises,” Lochridge said to officers. “I did not know exactly how to deal with that, so I shot her again.”
Lochridge was then sentenced to serve every day of his 50-year prison sentence by Circuit Judge Brantley Clark Jr.
He was also given 10 years of probation to follow.
“You’ll be 66 when you get out of prison. Do you understand that?” Clark asked Lochridge while in court.
Prosecutor Larry Basford told jurors that the family agreed to the terms of the plea bargain.
“The effects on the victim’s family have been devastating,” Basford said. “The father is present, and he accepts the conditions of the plea agreement.”
Basford also added that the State Attorney’s Office considered several factors to determine a sentence appropriate for Lochridge — primarily his youth and clean criminal record.
However, by attempting to hide the murder weapon and deceiving law enforcement, Lochridge demonstrated aspects the office saw as aspects of maturity.
Fredrich Lochridge Other News
A Bay County teenager who killed his younger sister at their Fountain home will spend the majority of his life in prison. Fredrich Lochridge, Jr., 16, pled no contest during a plea hearing Tuesday morning to First Degree Murder.
The teen accepted a 50 year prison sentence followed by ten years probation. “You’re 16 at this time. You will be 66 when you get out of prison. Do you understand that,” Judge Brantley Clark asked. “Yes, sir,” Lochridge replied. Bay County Sheriff’s deputies found ten-year old Isabella Heffernan’s body in a large field behind the sibling’s Fountain home on February 21, 2015.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford referenced the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juveniles. In determining an appropriate plea deal, he considered factors like Lochridge’s youth and clean criminal history.
However, he pointed out Fredrich Lochridge did display signs of someone who knew what he was doing. “There are aspects of this crime that we believe demonstrated maturity. That being when the crime was committed, he took attempts to conceal this, the weapon that was used and originally denied his involvement in this case,” Basford said.
Defense Attorney Kim Jewell responded by saying there isn’t much maturity at Lochridge’s age but agreed to the sentence. “Through our discussions of plea negotiations, I believe those were in fact taken into consideration, his youthfulness,” she added. Jewell placed several class certificates into the record showing the teen has been making progress on his education while he has been in the Bay County Jail.
Fredrich Lochridge will be eligible for a sentence review at 25 years. He will also get credit for 343 days of time served.