ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mariah Ferry was 19 in 2017 when she was arrested, along with her boyfriend and two other friends, in the brutal killing and mutilation of 41-year-old John Soyka and the kidnapping and torture of Matthew Tressler.
On Friday, a federal judge in Santa Fe determined the now-22-year-old will spend the next 30 years in prison, a term that the judge said will ensure public safety, keep Ferry behind bars for longer than she has been alive so far, and also allow for her rehabilitation. Her plea agreement mandated she spend a minimum of 30 years in prison, with a maximum of 40.
Both Ferry and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Chase Smothermon, pleaded guilty to kidnapping Tressler and conspiracy to kidnap earlier this year. Smothermon faces between 40 and 60 years in prison and he has not yet been sentenced. Jose Torrez is facing 14 years after pleading to conspiracy to kidnap.