The girl who pressured her boyfriend into murdering Stefanie Rengel will appeal her conviction for first-degree murder, a family member says.

The close relative of Melissa Todorovic, who spoke outside youth court yesterday on condition of anonymity, said the family is seeking a lawyer to argue the appeal.

Marshall Sack, Todorovic’s trial lawyer, has recommended that she appeal both the conviction and sentence, but said yesterday he will not be handling it.

Todorovic, 17, was sentenced as an adult to an automatic life sentence and must serve seven years before she can apply for parole — the maximum allowed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act for someone who, like her, committed first-degree murder when she was under age 16.

Yesterday, Justice Ian Nordheimer agreed with the defence and Crown that Todorovic remain in a youth facility, as required by law, until she is 20, when she is due to be transferred to an adult prison.

If someone wishes to bring an application to let her stay longer in the youth facility, they can do so closer to that time, prosecutor Robin Flumerfelt told the judge.

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