WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man who killed an 18-year-old girl and then dumped her body in a dumpster in 2010 has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said 25-year-old Brian Gaither of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to a 32-year prison term for the kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier. After his prison term, Gaither will be placed on five years of supervised release, says Machen.
According to a statement of facts, Gaither was a leader of a group of six young men and women who took part in Frazier's murder in August 2010. On Aug. 1, 2010, Gaither and others invited Frazier to an apartment in the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE to "teach her a lesson" because they thought she had stolen $900 from one of them, say authorities. They planned to lure her to a bedroom and beat her.
On Aug. 2, 2010, Frazier was led to the bedroom and they started to hit her. The young women beat Frazier and she cried for them to stop. Then, Gaither joined in the attack, beating her until she was unconscious. At that point, they bound her wrists and ankles with tape and then put her in a closet. She began to moan from the closet, and Gaither returned to the bedroom and choked her.
According to the statement of facts, someone checked on Frazier later that day and told the group she was dead. Gaither and the others discussed what to do with her body, and decided to carry her body to a bathtub, where he and others attempted to dismember it. Her body was then placed into a plastic crate, and thrown into a dumpster in the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE.
Frazier's body was never found but is believed to be in one of two landfills in rural Virginia.
Gaither has been in custody since January 2011. He pleaded guilty in November 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to first-degree murder.
Co-defendant Johnnie Sweet, 19, is set to stand trial on April 22.