Today, Kristi, the 17-year-old in the news in the 1990s, sits behind bars in Gatesville, Texas, at Mountain View prison for women. She will not be eligible for parole until 2027, at the age of 52.
While she denies masterminding the murder of Caren, she feels guilty. She admits to not being very mature at the time. She has expressed neither love nor hate for her adopting father, but cried for Caren. "If I could take it back, I would," she said during her 2002 interview from behind bars. "If there was any way I knew of to go back and stop it, I would."
She has no words for her father, who wished her dead all those years ago. It's not a priority of hers. She works in the prison kitchen as a butcher and ironically, studies theater arts in night classes, taking something from her past life into her present. Both Jack and Caren were very involved in the local arts.
She hopes to someday get out of prison, even though all her court appeals are drained. "I'm not a violent person," she said. "I don't feel I'm a threat at all to anybody." She admits, however, "I understand everybody has to pay a price for what has been done." Kristi's price was lenient compared to Dillingham's, some will say, and the trend of killing for cash was not one plotted only by her.