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A New Orleans judge on Monday sentenced three teenage girls to 20 years in prison over the 2022 carjacking death of a 73-year-old woman whose arm was torn off as she was dragged down a street.
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The girls — Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar'Qel Curtis, 16 — pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter on the day their second-degree murder trial was set to begin, NOLA.com reported.
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Kimya Holmes sentenced the girls to 20 years in prison in accordance with a plea agreement, the outlet said.
A fourth defendant — 18-year-old John Honore — pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, and jury selection for his trail proceeded Monday, NOLA noted.
The victim, Linda Frickey, on March 21, 2022, was dragged for a block next to her stolen vehicle, her arm was torn off, and she died of blunt force injuries on the street, the outlet said, citing a coroner’s report.
It took a day for police to arrest the four teenagers, NOLA said, adding that some of their parents turned them in. District Attorney Jason Williams decided to charge all four as adults. All four were charged with second-degree murder and faced life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, the outlet said.
According to prosecutors, Honore — who was the only one to plead not guilty — punched and kicked Frickey, threw her from her SUV, then got behind the steering wheel while Frickey was caught in a seatbelt, NOLA said.
Prosecutors said Theophile and Baker were in the SUV as Honore drove away while Curtis fled the scene within seconds of the carjacking, the outlet said.
Their Nov. 20 trial date was set in June:
Linda Frickey case set for Nov. 20 startyoutu.be
In court on Monday, Curtis apologized to Frickey’s family and said the carjacking was “the worst decision of my life. I’m truly sorry," the outlet added.
Baker tearfully told Frickey’s family, “That’s not what we set out to do, and I hope that you all can forgive me," NOLA noted.
Jinny Frickey, the sister of Linda Frickey, said outside the courtroom Monday that “for them to plea[d] guilty and say they want to do the 20 years is a relief to us,” the outlet said.
Kathy Richard, Linda Frickey’s sister-in-law, gave a victim’s impact statement, telling the defendants, “You don’t take things that don't belong to you. You don’t hurt people. There are consequences for everything. You don't have to be 30 years old to know right from wrong," NOLA added.
Three of four teens accused of fatally dismembering Linda Frickey plead guiltyyoutu.be
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.