Teen charged for murder in gruesome carjacking of grandmother begs for mercy in letter to victim’s family

A New Orleans teenager has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a grandmother who had one of her arms violently ripped off during a carjacking.

John Honore, 18, was found guilty of murdering Linda Frickey last year and now faces a mandatory life prison sentence, according to the Daily Mail.

The jury reached a verdict in under four hours despite Honore’s attorney claiming he was an idiotic adolescent who didn’t have the ability to understand the consequences of his decisions, the British newspaper reported.

Prosecutors struck a plea deal with his three accomplices but refused to consider such an option for Honore.

The now-convicted murderer pleaded for mercy in a letter to Frickey’s family.

“To the family of Ms. Linda Frickey, I am John and I am so sorry I apologize for you having to go through what you are going through. No person’s family should have to go through that type of hurt,” he said in the hand-written letter. “I made the biggest mistake of my life that day. I think about what you and the family may be going through every day. I say the ‘our father’ prayer every day and night.”

“I ask for forgiveness everyday. I have wanted to write you all a letter for a long time but I didn’t know what to say and I still don’t know what to say. I just want you to know sincerely I am sorry,” Honore added. “I know words may change how you feel but I want you to know that I’m aware of how serious this is and I think I am doing the right thing.”

His accomplices, Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar’Qel Curtis, all females, pleaded down to manslaughter and were jailed for 20 years.

The brutal carjacking was caught on surveillance footage that was released to the public. Frickey’s arm got caught in her seatbelt and it was dismembered as the teens drove off in her car, dragging her for an entire block. They stopped briefly to dump the grandmother after her arm was severed and 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, while Lenyra Theophile was found incompetent to stand trial in March 2023 and was sent to a mental facility for 60 days.

Tom Tillison


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