Woman, 19, Gets 8 to 16 Years Behind Bars for Stabbing Teen Mom to Death

Anita Cotton, 17, died July 5 after being stabbed in the neck during a fight in a Walgreens parking lot in Hunting Park.

A young Philadelphia woman who admitted to stabbing another teen girl to death during a brawl after Fourth of July fireworks last summer will spend at the next eight years in prison for the killing.

Keyarra Frisby, 19, received a sentence of eight to 16 years behind bars from a Philadelphia judge on Monday for killing Anita Cotton, a 17-year-old mother from Philadelphia's Nicetown neighborhood. Frisby pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with Cotton's death. 

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Anita Cotton

Frisby admitted to stabbing the teen in the neck during a fight among girls in the parking lot of a Hunting Park Walgreens early July 5. Police checking out the crowd outside the drugstore found Cotton lying in a pool of blood and took her to a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save her.

Friends and family gathered to mourn a teen mom who was stabbed to death over the weekend. An anti-violence rally was also held in her memory.

Friends and family said Cotton was on her way home from watching Fourth of July fireworks when she was killed. She left behind a young daughter.

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