Teen Who Admittedly Murdered His Grandmother Calls Her His ‘Friend’

The 17-year-old who admittedly killed his grandmother spoke at his sentencing hearing on Wednesday. Logan Mott said victim Kristina French “carried herself with the grace and poise of a queen.” He was effusive with praise of the woman whose life he ended.

“She was my friend,” he said in court on Jacksonville, Florida. “A mentor. My refuge.”

Mott shot her in the head, stabbed her, and buried her in a shallow grave in the backyard of his Florida home before being apprehended while fleeing into Canada via Buffalo, New York in her stolen car, authorities said.

Law enforcement said that Mott, who was part of an online communist social media community, was trying to run away to Russia.

“At the end of the day, I felt like she didn’t have to die. She simply got in the way,” Det. Neil Chandler said according to Action News Jax. “Got in the way of a teenager wanting to run away.”

Mott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, according to Duval County records reviewed by Law&Crime. His attorneys said that his family participated obtaining the plea deal, according to First Coast News. Mott faces between 15 and 40 years in prison. In other words, the judge has the option to give him a lighter sentence than the mandatory minimum of 25. He was charged as an adult.

Forensic psychologist Dr. William Meadows said at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing that he considered Mott a high risk.

He said Mott shot French first, then stabbed her multiple times.

Eric Mott, the defendant’s father and victim’s son, asked the court to deliver the minimum sentence.

Prosecutors asked for the maximum of 40 years. The actual sentence will not be handed down today, said the judge.

[Screengrab via Action News Jax]

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