The instigator of the 2005 murder of Nicole duFresne on the Lower East Side was sentenced to six years in jail yesterday in State Supreme Court. Audrey Evans, who is 18, pleaded to first-degree robbery for her role in the shooting. Evans' boyfriend, Rudy Flemming was sentenced to life, without the possibility of parole, late last year for killing duFresne, 28. One of the things that apparently prompted the shooting was the happiness of duFresne and her friends, who were out celebrating her new job. Even before seeing duFresne's group, Evans said that she would hit the next person she saw. Prior to being shot, witnesses accounts report that duFresne told Flemming, "What are you going to do, shoot us?" duFresne's fiancee said yesterday the question wasn't a dare, but an attempt to reason with Flemming.
Before sentencing, Evans apologized to duFresne's family, "My most sincerest apologies. If I could take it all back I most sincerely would. No matter what I say, it won't bring back your daughter, your sister, your fiancee. I wish I could take it all back. I really do apologize. I hope the family accepts my apology. Thank you." Besides being the instigator in the shooting, Evans also hid the weapon Flemming used in the shooting.
duFresne's mother, Linda addressed the court saying, "Ours is a sentence of life without Nicole." She also quoted a professor of duFresne, "Humanity, not just those who knew her, suffered a great loss when she died."