Samantha Grigg, Charged In Killing Of MSU Student, Testifies Against Cohorts For Lower Sentence
Samantha Grigg, one of three teens accused of murdering a Michigan State University student, is testifying against the other two in order to lower her sentence.
MLive reports that the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter and unarmed robbery for her involvement in the killing of Dustyn Frolka. The 19-year-old victim’s body was found on Michigan’s Interstate 69 highway in Bath Township on Feb. 15.
Grigg will testify against Tyrel Bredernitz, 18, and Brendon Heim, 16, which could lower a potential 15-year sentence to just 3 ½, according to her lawyer, Ron Zawacki.
Grigg testified that Heim beat up Frolka in the backseat of her Ford Explorer SUV while she drove, according to the Saline Reporter. The two boys had Grigg take them over to Frolka’s apartment in exchange for $100. They grabbed Frolka and stuffed him in the car with the intention of robbing him.
After driving the victim around to several ATMs, they began to beat him up, pummeling him with brass knuckles, Grigg said.
“In the course of taking him home, Brendan began to punch him in the back seat of the car,” Grigg told Clinton County Circuit Court Judge Randy Tahvonen.
“Dustyn opened the door, rolled out of the car. I stopped the car and Tyrel and Brendan got outside the car, took his clothing and his money and came back to the car.”
In total, the teenagers came out with about $800 before driving away and leaving Frolka to die of his injuries.
Frolka was the father of a 10-month-old girl.
According to Zawacki, Grigg was peer pressured into taking part of a robbery plan hatched at a party that went violent.
“Sometimes young people, it’s very difficult with peer pressure … to go along,” he told MLive. “She was basically given gas money to drive these people up. I think she probably didn’t think about what the ultimate consequences of this could be.”
Before racking up murder charges—now lightened to manslaughter—Grigg was making a name for herself as a singer with her band, “Undecided.”
Grigg is due to be sentenced May 27. Bredernitz and Heim face murder and armed robbery charges.