Teenagers charged in the tragic death of a woman whose arm was severed during a carjacking in New Orleans last year pleaded guilty Monday and were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The teens were found guilty of attempted manslaughter in the death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey. The guilty pleas were filed after the charges against the four teens – aged 15 to 17 – were reduced.
They were all due to be tried on Monday. Jury selection for the lone suspect accused of being behind the wheel when Frickey died began Monday.
That suspect, a man now 18 years old, is charged with second-degree murder and faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
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The three girls who pleaded guilty were charged as adults in the March 2022 murder. Frickey died from her injuries after becoming tangled in a seat belt as the carjackers fled with his car.
Her arm was severed as she was dragged around a block, authorities said. She died on the spot. His vehicle was found several hours after the carjacking.
“When they said they were sorry, I’m sure they were,” said Jinny Frickey, Frickey’s sister. “Because you go back, looking back, a lot of times you’re sorry for the actions that you did. But you did it. And, unfortunately, they did it and they have to serve their time.”
One of the accused said: “This is not what we planned to do,” she said through tears of the killing, “and I hope you can all forgive me.”
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Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams said the Frickey family showed grace in response to the defendants’ words.
“Our hearts and unwavering support continue to be with the Frickey family as we fight for justice and pursue a resolution that honors Linda’s memory,” he said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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