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'Burn In Hell': Mother Of Woman Who Was Shot, Strangled And Burned To Death Confronts Her Killer

“My heart tells me your family did not raise you to be this evil person," Jolene Dufrene told Troy Varnado, who was convicted in her daughter Lindsay's brutal murder. “But I don’t have one ounce of compassion for you.” 

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The mother of a woman who was strangled, shot and burned to death told one of her killers that she hopes he suffers a similar fate.

“I hope you burn in hell,” Jolene Dufrene, mother of Lindsay Nichols, told Troy Varnado in a Louisiana courtroom Thursday, according to The New Orleans Advocate.

A jury convicted Varnado, 30, in September of second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping and obstruction of justice in Nichols’ 2015 death. He was sentenced to life on Thursday.

Thayon Samson had already pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with Nichols’ murder and is serving 40 years. When Samson was sentenced, Dufrene called him a "heartless monster.”

“My heart tells me your family did not raise you to be this evil person,” Dufrene told Varnado, according to The Advocate. “But I don’t have one ounce of compassion for you.”

She told Varnado that she hopes her daughter's death will haunt him, but doubts it will.

On the day of her death, the 31-year-old Nichols had been out in the early morning hours with friends at a nightclub, where she'd met Samson, according to the The Times Picayune. Phone records show she called Samson's number at 4:11 a.m. and again at 4:18 a.m. that night and at some point was at his apartment. It was there, prosecutors say, that Varnado became violent after Nichols refused to have sex with him.


Her last known contact was shortly before 5 a.m. when she placed a 911 call telling the operator a man was outside her car pointing a gun at her, according to The New Orleans Advocate. A man can be heard in the background of the call screaming profanities at her.

Her body was found in the trunk of a burnt-out car. 

Authorities say a series of letters sent by Samson from jail prove he and Varnado were both involved in Nichols' death.

[Photo: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office]

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