Three out of four teenagers involved in the violent carjacking that led to the death of an elderly woman in New Orleans last year will face up to two decades in prison after accepting a plea deal with reduced charges, as reported by various news outlets.
Briniyah Baker (17), Lenyra Theophile (16), and Mar’qel Curtis (16) entered a guilty plea on Monday, resulting in a conviction for attempted manslaughter related to the death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey, according to court reports from WWL-TV and The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.
Under the terms of the plea deal, the trio will serve a 20-year prison sentence, as indicated by the Associated Press. Initially charged as adults with second-degree murder, the girls faced the possibility of life imprisonment before accepting the plea agreement.
The fourth defendant, 18-year-old John Honore, faces second-degree murder charges and is scheduled for trial on November 27, according to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Kimya Holmes. Prosecutors allege Honore was driving during the fatal incident, and he has pleaded not guilty.
The carjacking occurred on March 21, 2022, in the Mid-City area, resulting in Mrs Linda Frickey being dragged for over a block while entangled in her seatbelt. Frickey, leaving her job at Security Plan Insurance, had her arm severed during the incident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses attempted to intervene, with one describing the reckless actions of the perpetrators. Surveillance footage led to the arrest of the suspects, as detailed in a previous police press release.
In court on Monday, the convicted teenagers expressed remorse for their actions. Mar’qel Curtis stated, “I wish I could go back and change the outcome,” and Briniyah Baker acknowledged, “That’s not what we set out to do,” expressing hope for forgiveness.
Family members of Linda Frickey, including her sister Jinnylynn Griffin, found relief in the guilty pleas. Griffin shared her appreciation for the defendants admitting guilt and accepting punishment, expressing hope for healing over time.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, in a statement, conveyed ongoing support for the Frickey family and a commitment to pursuing justice that honors Linda’s memory.
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