NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: A wave of outrage erupted as three of the four Louisiana teenagers charged in the carjacking and subsequent dismemberment of Linda Frickey reached a plea deal.
The four teens initially faced life in prison after being charged as adults with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Frickey, 73, who was dragged for a city block when her arm became stuck in his seat belt.
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But on Monday, Nov. 20, Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar’Qel Curtis pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter.
Now, the trio will be sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of the plea deal. The three teenagers will each serve a minimum sentence of 15 years.
In court, one girl’s lawyer offered prayers, while the other two expressed regret. Among those who pleaded guilty to reduced sentences was not 18-year-old John Honoré.
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How did Linda Frickey die?
Frickey, who lived in Westwego, was attacked by the four teens in March as she left a business in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans.
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“The lady was trying to put something in her vehicle, the guy jumped in and kicked her out and she got stuck in the wheel well,” an eyewitness told WWL-TV, adding “I Heard screams like ‘you’. You’re about to die screaming!”
As the thieves committed the crime, Frickey’s arm became caught in her seat belt and she was dragged for nearly a block.
The teens briefly stopped the vehicle to open the door and kick the grandmother into the street – after her arm was cut and her clothes torn off.
As Frickey lay abandoned in the road, a neighbor named Leanne Mascar picked up a sheet to cover her. “When I looked down, his body was already there, and his arm was — it’s just not something you expect to see,” Mascar told Fox 8.
“She was lying there naked, and I thought the indignity she had just suffered was already too much,” she added. After an initial examination, Frickey’s cause of death was listed as “blunt force injuries.”
After recovering Frickey’s gray SUV, police released surveillance footage of the suspects, and two of the teens were reported by their own parents.
How Linda Frickey’s Family Reacted to Teens’ Plea Deal
After the guilty plea, Frickey’s family expressed hope that the teens would use their time to reflect. “We appreciate that they admitted their guilt and accepted their punishment and I hope that in time everyone can heal,” Frickey’s sister-in-law Kathy Richard said, according to the Daily Mail.
Of Honoré, she said: “We will give him the same mercy he gave Linda: none. » Richard hopes the girls will “get involved in programs” while incarcerated to “set an example of the consequences of their actions.”
Similar emotions were expressed by Frickey’s sister, Jinnylynn Griffin, who said, “When they said they were sorry, I’m sure they were.” Unfortunately, they did and they must serve their sentence.
“We want him to get the most. He was driving the car. He stomped on her,” Griffin said off the field, adding: “The girls, they were all along for the ride, but the problem we had with them was they didn’t nothing was done to stop it.”
Internet Reacts to Teens’ Plea Deal
News of the teens’ plea deal attracted immense attention on social media, with users protesting for tougher penalties against them.
“It’s pathetic, they should be sentenced to life in prison!!” » said one user. “Manslaughter? Aren’t they charged with second degree murder?'” the second user wrote.
“Horrible. Once you calculate the good time they have accumulated during their pre-disposition period for over a year, they will probably serve less than 10 years. And the victim’s family will not be informed of their incredibly early release,” fumed the third user.
“DA dropped the ball again. I want to know if the victim’s family agrees with this,” claimed the fourth user while the fifth said “Attempted manslaughter?!? Where is the justice for HIS family? What an absolute shame!”
“How on earth can this be an “attempted” manslaughter? For heaven’s sake, the woman is dead. They didn’t try, they succeeded! another user wrote.
How on earth can this be “attempted” manslaughter. For heaven’s sake, the woman is dead. They didn’t try, they succeeded!
— Urbanjerry2 (@urbanjerry2) November 20, 2023
It’s pathetic that they should be sentenced to life in prison!!
-Christian. GaryGenslerResignation (@EXPATXRP1) November 20, 2023
Manslaughter? Aren’t they charged with second degree murder?
– Ed in my head (@ed_in_my_head) November 20, 2023
Horrible. Once you calculate the good time they have accrued during their pre-disposition period for over a year, they will likely serve less than 10 years. And the victims’ families will not be informed of their incredibly early release.
– Pelican Brief (@LA_PelicanBrief) November 21, 2023
DA dropped the ball again. I want to know if the victim’s family agrees with this.
— Will Nunn (@Will_Nunn) November 20, 2023
Attempted manslaughter?!? Where is justice for HIS family? What an absolute shame!
— Sam Jones 1234 (@samjones11234) November 20, 2023
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