Samantha Grigg, 18, was sentenced to 6 to 15 years in prison for unarmed robbery and manslaughter. She was the driver of the vehicle that killed 19-year-old Michigan State University student, Dustyn Frolka.
In court, Grigg said, “I want to extend my deepest remorse to the family of the victim… It really breaks my heart.” Grigg will be spending the next years of her life in prison instead of being in a college classroom.
Grigg was in tears in court, and apologized for playing a role in Frolka’s death. She said that she meant no harm, but she knew that she was driving two others to a robbery.
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On February 15, Grigg drove Tyrel Bredernitz and Brandan Heim to Frolka’s apartment. The two guys beat up Frolka, and Frolka jumped out of the vehicle that was travelling up to 60 miles per hour. Colleen Hincka, Frolka’s half-sister, said that his brother’s skull was fractured, as he was beaten with brass knuckles. Reports say that about $800 was taken from Frolka.
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In court, Lesa Frolka, Frolka’s aunt, held a picture of him. She addressed Griggs and said “You took a son, you took a brother, you took my nephew. Most of all, you took a father from his daughter.”
The two teens, Bredernitz and Heim, are charged with first-degree murder. Griggs is scheduled to testify against them.
Griggs has no prior criminal history. She was a promising student and was into music. However, she played a major role in Frolka’s death.
If Griggs serves the minimum sentence, she will be 24 by the time she gets out of jail. Her attorney, Ron Zawacki, said that her client still wants to pursue music after getting out of jail. Frolka’s family was devastated upon hearing the statement. “She’s taken away Dustyn’s chances to do any of those things,” Frolka’s stepmother said.
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