Aiden Fucci, a 16-year-old teenager who is being tried as an adult for the 2021 murder of his classmate Tristyn Bailey, is waiting for his sentence for his crimes. The sentencing hearing began on March 21, 2023. His mother Crystal Smith was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in the case against her son.

Fucci pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deadly stabbing. Bailey’s sister Alexis, during the sentencing hearing, asked the 16-year-old if he watched Tristyn die or if he left the victim in “agonizing pain” as he fled away from the scene, according to News 4 Jax.

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Fucci made his plea on paper. It included letters that were written by his family members. He wrote to the judge that he was “sorry for all the pain”  he caused. Aiden further apologized to the Bailey’s friends, brothers, sisters, mother, father, and any other family relatives.

Fucci’s mother and father also wrote a letter of apology to the local community. His mother Crystal Smith said that she grieves for the “devastating loss of Tristyn,” the arrest of her son, and the “irreparable agony inflicted on the Bailey family.”

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Fucci’s mother Crystal Smith was arrested on Saturday, June 5, 2022. She allegedly tampered with evidence. She was 35 years old then.

Police said Crystal surrendered herself to the custody of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

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Aiden’s mother was reportedly spotted on surveillance video in her home washing her son’s jeans, the arrest warrant stated, according to WJXT.

Officers confiscated the jeans. It tested positive for blood.

Fucci’s father, Jason, was reportedly arrested in January 2003. He was accused of child abuse, injury, and neglect. In OCtober that year, he was also arrested for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at his home.