- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) - An 18-year-old high school senior who drove a vehicle involved in the death of a Michigan State University student was sentenced Tuesday to 6 to 15 years in prison for manslaughter and unarmed robbery.

Samantha Grigg said the victim, 19-year-old Dustyn Frolka of Owosso, jumped out of the SUV on Interstate 69 to escape being attacked by two people in February. He was found dead in Clinton County’s Bath Township, near Lansing.

“I want to extend my deepest remorse to the family of the victim. … It really breaks my heart,” Grigg said in court.

Grigg earlier pleaded guilty to the charges in Clinton County Circuit Court. Grigg was originally charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery; first-degree murder is punishable by life in prison with no chance of parole.

After the hearing, the Lansing State Journal reports (https://on.lsj.com/1gxs1dx ) Eileen Hincka of Flint, Frolka’s stepmother, said she was satisfied with the sentence, but she also said that it doesn’t erase the pain of Frolka’s death.

“I don’t think there is peace ever,” Hincka said.

Two others are charged with first-degree murder, 18-year-old Tyrel Bredernitz and 16-year-old Brendan Heim. Grigg will testify against them. All are from Saline, near Ann Arbor. About $800 was taken from the victim.


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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