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Teen Takes Guilty Plea Deal in MSU Student's Death

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ST. JOHNS, MI (WLNS) - A Clinton County woman faces up to 15-years behind bars after pleading guilty in the death of an MSU student.

Samantha Grigg, along with 16-year-old Brendan Heim and 18-year-old Tyler Bredernitz.

All are charged with the February death of Dustyn Frolka.

6 News Shelby Miller has the story.

Donning a yellow jumpsuit with shackles on her wrists, Monday morning 19-year-old Samantha Grigg walked into the Clinton County courtroom in St. Johns prepared to plead guilty to manslaughter and unarmed robbery in the death of MSU sophomore Dustyn Frolka.

Judge: "You killed Dustyn Frolka. Can you tell me what you did?"

In February Frolka was found unconscious on the side of I-69 in Bath Township. Grigg says she was one of three teens with Frolka that night. On Monday in court, Grigg described who beat the Owosso teen.

Judge: “Brendan was the one who initially assaulted Dustyn?"

Grigg: "Yes."

Grigg admitted to driving the car Frolka spent his final hours in.

Grigg: "Brendan began to punch him in the backseat of the car and Dustyn opened the door and rolled out of the car. At that point I stopped on the highway and at that point Tyrel and Brendan got out of the car, took his money and his clothing and got back inside the car."

Grigg's lawyer says she caved under peer pressure and Monday’s plea deal should shorten her prison term.

Lawyer: "If she had been convicted of the original offense, the murder, that would have been life without parole."

As part of Grigg's plea deal she agreed to testify against the other teens involved in Frolka’s death.

6 News reached out to Dustyn Frolka's family who say they're "very disappointed" with the plea deal.

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