Man gets 45 years in prison for killing 16-year-old Baytown girl

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor

Jesse Dobbs and Kirsten Fritch

GALVESTON, Texas - A man who pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of his 16-year-old girlfriend nearly two years ago was sentenced to 45 years in prison Tuesday.

Jesse Dobbs was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine in addition to serving prison time for the slaying of Kirsten Fritch.

Dobbs was arrested Nov. 9, 2016, a day after Fritch was reported missing and her mother and sister were found shot to death in their Baytown home. Fritch’s body was found in a wooded area in Texas City on Nov. 10. She had been stabbed more than 50 times, investigators said.

According to investigators, Dobbs confessed to killing Fritch during an interview with detectives, saying, “Kirsten is dead. I killed her. Not the real Kirsten, but the fake Kirsten.”

He entered a guilty plea Sept. 11.

Dobbs has never been charged in the deaths of Fritch’s mother and sister, but police did say he was a suspect.

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