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Latisha Frazier murder: Johnny Sweet sentenced to 52 years in prison

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The final defendant in the 2010 murder of Latisha Frazier, and the only one who actually went to trial to defend himself, was sentenced to 52 years in prison Thursday.

April 30: Johnnie Sweet convicted

Johnnie Sweet, the 19-year-old man who was convicted in April of first-degree murder, was one of the leaders of a group of people that abducted and killed the young mother in August of 2010.

Frazier went missing on Aug. 2, 2010 by a group of people, including Sweet, who she believed were her friends. The group had suspected that Frazier had stolen $900 from Sweet. The group then lured her to a home on Trenton Place Southeast and beat her, bound her and strangled her to death.

The group then disposed of her body in a dumpster. Her body was never recovered and is likely in a rural Virginia landfill.

Sweet was the last of a line of seven defendants to face charges in connection with Frazier's death, but the six others all pleaded guilty. Among them was Brian Gaither, a 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last November.

He's currently serving a 32-year prison sentence. Two other defendants received prison terms of 18 and 21 years each, while three others are awaiting sentencing after pleading out on charges including second-degree murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and evidence tampering.

 

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