Wisto and York sentenced to life without parole for Myers murder
May 9, 2013
A San Luis Obispo judge sentenced Rhonda Wisto and her son Frank York Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for their roles in the brutal murder of 15-year-old runaway Dystiny Myers on Wednesday.
In 2010, firefighter found Myers’ body burned and buried in a shallow grave near Santa Margarita with her legs bound behind her, sweatpants tied around her throat and a glove stuffed in her mouth. Court testimony suggested that four men murdered and tortured Myers as ordered by Wisto.
Wisto, 49, and York, 22, the only two defendants who stood trial, each received guilty verdicts for first degree murder with kidnapping and torture enhancements, as well as conspiracy to commit murder.
Four of the five defendants in the Myers murder case have now been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ty Hill accepted a life without parole sentence to avoid the death penalty, and Cody Miller requested a life without parole sentence because he said he does not belong in society.
Only Jason Greenwell, who testified against Wisto and York, has yet to be sentenced. Greenwell is expected to receive a sentence of 15 years to life in exchange for his testimony.
Prior to sentencing, York wrote a letter to Myers’ family, who packed the courtroom Wednesday. York’s attorney read the letter aloud.
“I’m sorry for the loss and the heartache that’s happened in your everyday lives,” York wrote. “I know today is the day I must accept the punishment for the crime and act of violence that in my heart I know I would never let happen.
Wisto did not address the victim’s family.
Myers’ mother Aileen Myers said she would not forgive the mother and son convicted of murdering her daughter.
“I do not forgive you at all and hope you rot,” Myers said.
The victim’s mother also addressed Wisto directly.
“Your words of she was a nobody, well look around lady, you are here all by yourself. She was a somebody. She will be and she will be later,” Myers said.
The victim’s grandmother Kathy Clark brought a photo of her granddaughter to the courtroom.
“I look at this picture and think I’ll never get to see my grandchildren,” Clark said. “I’ll never get to see my granddaughter married.”
Wisto and York must pay $10,000 each in restitution cost to the Myers family.