Sentencing Today for the Last of Three Charged in the Murder of an MSU Student
Some degree of closure is expected today for the family of a Michigan State University student brutally beaten then robbed by three teenagers earlier this year. Brendan Heim, just 16 at the time of the attack in February, could be spending decades behind bars for his part in the death of 19 year old Dustyn Frolka.
Heim is the last of the trio to take the plea deal and avoid trial on charges of first degree murder which would end any chances of parole.
Heim, of Washtenaw County, admitted to beating the Shiawassee County sophomore with brass knuckles during a robbery inside of an SUV. He claimed Frolka jumped from the moving vehicle to try to save himself. He was alive when found by a nurse on the side of Interstate-69 in Clinton County's Bath Township but died a short time later.
WILX-TV is reporting that Heim is likely to receive around 30 years behind bars, but could get upwards to 60 years.
If the sentence is not in line with that, either the prosecution or the defense could pull back the offer. The case would then proceed to trial.
Tyrel Bredernitz was ordered to serve at least 25 years in prison for his guilty plea on second degree murder charges in Folka's death, and Samantha Grigg was sentenced to 6-15 years for her part. She claimed she never laid hands on Folka, but simply drove the vehicle during the attack.
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