NEW ORLEANS (News21USA) — Three teenagers involved in the dragging death of a woman whose arm was severed during a carjacking in New Orleans last year pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
New Orleans media reports the three were found guilty of attempted manslaughter in the death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey. A fourth suspect, a man now 18, still faces a second-degree murder charge, which carries a life sentence.
All four were scheduled for trial Monday. Jury selection for the only remaining suspect, who prosecutors say was behind the wheel when Frickey died, began after the three girls pleaded guilty.
The four were between the ages of 15 and 17 when they were charged as adults in the March 2022 murder. Authorities said Frickey died from blunt force injuries after becoming entangled in a seat belt as the carjackers drove away. at full speed with his car on the afternoon of March 21. She was dragged away while neighbors watched helplessly.
Outside the courthouse, Frickey’s family spoke to reporters about hearing statements made by two of the defendants.
“When they said they were sorry, I’m sure they were,” said his sister, Jinny Frickey. “As you come back, in retrospect, you often regret the actions you completed. But you did it. And unfortunately they did it and they have to serve the sentence.”
One defendant wrung her hands while standing in front of Frickey’s family, according to an account of the hearing in The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. “That’s not what we set out to do,” she said through tears of the murder, “and I hope all of you can forgive me.”
Prosecutors will not comment until the case is over, District Attorney Jason Williams’ office said.
“However, we would like to highlight the extraordinary grace of Ms. Frickey’s family in response to the words of the three defendants who accepted responsibility for their roles in this horrible matter,” the statement said. “Our hearts and unwavering support continue to go out to the Frickey family as we fight for justice and seek a resolution that honors Linda’s memory.”