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A teenage carjacker whose courtroom meltdown went viral after she was jailed for 20 years last June has been re-sentenced to serve 11 years behind bars.
Ky’Andrea Cook, whose mother could be heard sobbing ‘Oh Jesus,’ repeatedly in the dramatic video, had her sentence cut after withdrawing the original no-contest plea that landed her the hefty sentence.
She did so after supplying an audio recording of her previous attorney telling her she was likely only to get probation, and no jail time, if she admitted the March 2017 offense.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Ky’Andrea was much calmer during Monday’s court appearance, saying: ‘I apologize for my actions to the victim’s family and victims.
‘I am a changed person I did learn my lesson from all this.’
Cook’s apparent contrition was commended by Judge Matthew Foxman, who said: ‘I think you’ve got good in you and I think you’ve got potential. Don’t lose sight of that.’
But Judge Foxman also highlighted the seriousness of the crime, which saw Cook use a dating app to lure victim Immanuel Pursel to South Daytona, Fla..
Once he arrived, she and boyfriend Kendrick Bass attempted to steal the car, before Bass shot Pursel, leaving him seriously injured.
They then successfully carjacked a second victim, with Judge Foxman saying: ‘I consider it a miracle that this young man is alive.
‘The other is that after it happened you did it again.
‘That’s the one thing that I couldn’t get over really; that knowing how dangerous and deadly it could be you did basically the same thing again.
‘That was always a difficult part for me.’
Cook was jailed after re-entering a no-contest plea to principal carjacking with a deadly weapon, principal to attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon and principal to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
She also faces 20 years probation, to run concurrent, and is assisting cops in the case against her boyfriend Bass, who is now facing his own charges.
The video of Ky’Andrea’s meltdown saw her wailing to hold her mom one last time before jailed, only for court room guards to take her into immediate custody.