Three of four Louisiana teenagers accused of stealing a car and causing the death of an elderly woman have signed plea agreements even though they initially faced life in prison.
Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar’Qel Curtis pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted murder and will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
All four defendants face second-degree murder charges as adults in the death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey, who was dragged for nearly an entire block after her arm became caught in her seat belt.
The teens briefly stopped the vehicle to open the door and threw the grandmother into the street after her arm was severed and her clothes were torn off.
The three teenagers will serve at least 15 years each. Two of them expressed remorse in court, and one girl’s lawyer offered prayers.
Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar’Qel Curtis (pictured) pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder
John Honore, 18, is still charged as an adult with second-degree murder. He faces life imprisonment
The teenagers were involved in the carjacking and death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey in 2022.
– When they said they were sorry, I’m sure they were sorry. Unfortunately, they did and they must serve the sentence,” Frickey’s sister, Jinnylynn Griffin, said in court.
The final defendant, 18-year-old John Honore, still faces a second-degree murder charge and life in prison.
We want him to get the maximum. He was driving a car. He stepped on it,” Griffin said.
“The girls, they were all there, but the problem we had with them was they didn’t do anything to stop it.”
The guilty plea comes more than a year after Frickey’s death.
In March 2022, a 73-year-old grandmother was dragged along North Scott Street in New Orleans after a group of teenagers stole her car.
“The lady was trying to throw something into her vehicle, the guy jumped into the car and kicked her, and she fell into the wheel,” the witness said. WWL Television.
One neighbor, Leanne Mascar, grabbed a sheet to cover Frickey as she was left in the road.
“When I looked down, her body was already there and her arm was there – it’s just not something you would expect,” Mascar said Nov 8.
“She was lying there naked and I thought the humiliation she had suffered was too much.”
Surveillance footage shows the teens getting into Frickey’s gray SUV before her arm became entangled in her seat belt and she was dragged around the block
The grandmother screamed for the attackers to let her go before they cut off her arm and ripped off her clothes
The gray SUV (pictured) was recovered 13 blocks from where it was left on the street
Frickey’s official cause of death was “blunt force injuries”
Mascar’s husband, Mark, sat next to Frickey as they waited for the ambulance to arrive.
Her official cause of death was listed as “blunt force injuries.”
Frickey’s gray SUV was recovered 13 blocks from where she was left on the street.
Police released surveillance footage of the suspects, and the two teenagers were released by their parents.
In March 2023, Theophile was found unfit to stand trial and sent to a mental health facility for 60 days.
“We appreciate that they pleaded guilty and accepted their punishment, and we hope that over time they will all heal,” Frickey’s sister-in-law, Kathy Richard, said Monday.
Of Honore, she said: “We will show him the same mercy that he gave Linda: none.”
Richard hopes girls will “engage in programs” while serving their sentences to “set an example that there are consequences for their actions.”
Honore’s trial is scheduled to begin on November 27. The jury deliberated Monday afternoon.