NEW ORLEANS, LA – In a courtroom in New Orleans, three teenage girls admitted guilt to the charges of attempted manslaughter in the tragic death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey. They were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The fourth suspect, a young man now 18 years old, faces a more severe charge of second-degree murder, which could lead to a life sentence.
The incident unfolded in March 2022 when the teenagers, then aged 15 to 17, were charged as adults in the brutal carjacking that resulted in Frickey’s death. The older woman suffered fatal blunt force injuries when her arm got trapped in a seatbelt as the carjackers made their getaway, dragging her along the road.
During the hearing, two of the girls expressed remorse for their actions. In a tearful plea, one said, “That’s not what we set out to do,” and asked for forgiveness. The victim’s family, though appreciating the apologies, stressed the necessity of the girls serving their time for the crime.
The family also demands the harshest sentence for the fourth defendant, who allegedly drove the car during the incident. The prosecution has remained silent until the case reaches its conclusion. The carjacking has ignited a city-wide discussion on juvenile crime, with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell condemning the act as “horrific” and “absolutely unacceptable.”