Louisiana teens who dragged grandmother to death in carjacking get sentences reduced with plea deals

Three of the four Louisiana teenagers who carjacked a 73-year-old grandmother’s car, dragging her to her death, struck plea deals avoiding life in prison.

(Video Credit: WWLTV)

The teens had all been charged with second-degree murder after stealing the car in New Orleans and brutally murdering the beloved grandmother over a year ago according to the Daily Mail. The incident was caught on surveillance footage that the police released to the public.

Linda Frickey’s arm got caught in her seatbelt and she was dismembered as they took off in the car in March of 2022. They stopped briefly to dump the grandmother after her arm was severed and her clothing was torn off. She bled out in the street as others tried to save her.

Two of the girls charged were turned in to the police by their parents. In March 2023, one of the girls, Lenyra Theophile, was found incompetent to stand trial and was sent to a mental facility for 60 days.

The three girls involved were Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar’Qel Curtis. They took plea deals and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter. Instead of getting life in prison, they will now serve 20 years. Each will be required to serve a minimum of 15 years.

Two of the girls acted remorseful in court. One of the girls’ attorneys even offered prayers for the grandmother and her family.

“When they were saying they were sorry, I’m sure they were. Unfortunately, they did it and they have to serve the time,” Frickey’s sister, Jinnylynn Griffin, commented outside according to the Daily Mail.

The fourth teen is an 18-year-old boy named John Honore. He chose to go to trial instead of taking a deal and is being charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and could get life in prison.

“We want him to get the maximum. He drove the car. He stomped on her,” Griffin declared. “The girls, they were all there for the ride, but the issue we had with them is they didn’t do anything to stop it.”

Witnesses described the horrific event to WWL-TV, “The lady was trying to put something in her vehicle, the guy jumped in and kicked her out and she got caught in the wheel well.”

One of Frickey’s neighbors, Leanne Mascar, grabbed a sheet and covered Frickey in the street as she lay there dying.

“When I looked down her body was already there, and her arm was – it’s just not something you expect to see,” Mascar told Fox 8 in an interview. “She was laying there naked, and I thought the indignity she just suffered, it was already too much.”

Her husband sat with her as they waited for an ambulance to arrive. The cause of death was listed as “blunt force injuries.”

“We appreciate that they did admit their guilt and accept their punishment and hopefully as time goes on, everyone can heal,” Frickey’s sister-in-law, Kathy Richard, remarked on Monday according to the Daily Mail.

She went on to assert concerning Honore, “We’ll give him the same mercy he gave Linda: none.”

Richard is hopeful that the girls will “get involved in programs” in prison to “be an example that there are consequences for your actions.”

Honore will go to trial on November 27. A jury was seated for the trial on Monday.


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