Man gets 32 years in gruesome slaying of D.C. teenager

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A leader of a group of young people who killed a teenager and then disposed of her body in a trash bin has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Brian Gaither, of the District, was one of six people, including three teenage girls, accused of luring 18-year-old Latisha Frazier to her death in 2010. Gaither, 25, pleaded guilty in November, a day before his trial was scheduled to start in D.C. Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Gaither and the others lured Frazier into a Southeast D.C. apartment on the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE on Aug. 2, 2010, to "teach her a lesson." One of the suspects, Johnnie Sweet, believed Frazier had stolen $900 that he kept stored at the apartment, according to court records.

When Latisha arrived at the apartment, she was led to a small bedroom, where three teenage girls were waiting for her. The women beat Frazier, punching, kicking and stomping her. Latisha cried from them to stop, and Gaither and Sweet joined in, beating the bleeding teen until she was unconscious, according to court documents.

The group then bound her wrists and feet and taped cloth over her mouth to keep her quiet, then put her in the bedroom closet before Gaither went back to choke Latisha to stop her muffled moans, according to court records.

Later that day, one of the group checked on Latisha and found she was dead.

The following day, Gaither and Sweet placed the girl into a bathtub and used a large kitchen knife to try to cut her into pieces, but were unsuccessful, court papers said.

Gaither put Latisha's body into a large plastic crate, and threw it into a trash bin. Her body has yet to be found. Prosecutors believe it was taken to a rural landfill in Virginia.

Sweet, 19, is scheduled to stand trial on April 22. Two others have pleaded guilty.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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