OKLAHOMA CITY – After nearly six hours of deliberating, a jury found an Oklahoma woman guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a teen who was reported missing in 2014.
On Friday evening, a jury found 19-year-old Chloe Thomas not guilty of murder in the first- degree and guilty of murder in the second-degree in the death of 16-year-old Anne Hill in 2015.
"They're ready to get the full amount of justice that they can possibly get at this point. That would be murder in the first-degree,” Darcie Parton-Scoon, Hill’s family spokesperson, said.
However, that didn’t happen for Hill’s family.
"She was amazing and beautiful and intelligent and she loved animals and that's the hard part,” Parton-Scoon said.
Prosecutors say Thomas and Chadd Raymond choked Hill to death while on drugs.
In a plea deal, Raymond testified against Thomas in exchange for a 35-year sentence.
During his testimony, Raymond said he and Thomas lured Hill to an apartment to rob her. When things didn’t go as planned, he testified that he choked her until she passed out.
Raymond said that’s when he told Thomas to finish it until she died.
"We felt that you either believed her or you believed him. If you believed him, then you believed all of what he said, not part of it,” Michael Trevino, Thomas’ attorney, said.
Thomas’ defense argued Raymond is the one responsible for Hill’s death and Thomas felt forced to help him.
The state argued Thomas could have gotten help.
"It is disappointing, but this is a case that has had a lot of attention in the press. There have been a lot of young people involved both on the victim's side and the defendant's side. So we knew this was going to be an emotional charged one,” Trevino said.
The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison.
Trevino said they plan on filing an appeal.
Sentencing will take place on Dec. 22 at 9 a.m.