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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 20M 11 Elderly Slaughter Neck woman kept in car trunk for two days By Melissa Steele with swollen joints. Deprived of to 30 years in prison. All four melissasteele@capegazette c0m food and water, she developed a teens were charged as adults and bladder infection that has left her initially pleaded not guilty to the Two lives irrevocably changed incontinent, charges. All the remaining have when Jackeline Perez, then Smith no longer lives on her since taken a plea. In September, 15, and her friends stuffed an own and requires assistance, said Junia received the same 16 year 89-year-old woman in a car trunk Sussex County Superior Court sentence as Jackeline. Phillip will and drove around with her there Judge Richard F. Stokes before he be sentenced Friday, Dec. 19. for two days. sentenced ]ackeline Dec. 12 to 16 Now 17, a tearful Jackeline de- Margaret Smith of Slaughter years in prison, clined to speak in court but she Neck survived the ordeal but "She was 1created like a war submitted a remorseful letter to lost the independence she had criminal," he said. "The reason Stokes accepting punishment for up to the moment Jackeline and for this was to grab a car so you what she did. her friend, ]unia McDonald, then could have a good time."Stokes sentenced ]ackeline to 14, asked Smith for a ride at a The girls had their nails done, 25 years suspended after 14 years Milford convenience store in bought drugs and rented a ho- for first-degree kidnapping, 25 March 2013. Two days of toss- tel room where they had sex years suspended after two years ing around in the trunk resulted with Rondaiges Harper and Phil- for first-degree carjacking and in recurring head and internal lip Brewer, both 17 at the time. probation for conspiracy. injuries for Smith. Crawling on Harper is the only teen who He said he believes ]ackeline is her hands and knees to f'md help went to trial. He was convicted remorseful, but a prison setting after the teens dropped her off of kidnapping and cariacking in will give Jackeline the kind of in a frozen cemetary left Smith June and in July was sentenced positive structure she never had growing up. Speaking on Jackeline's be- half, Preston Dyer of the Fellowship of Christian Ath- letes said he met Jackeline when she be- Jackeline Perez gan attending services held at the Stevenson Home. Dyer said Jackeline was withdrawn and unattentive when she began attending the services, but she is now an active participant. "Each week I saw a change in her receptability," Dyer said. "I don't know the old Jackie, only the new. She has been trans- formed into a new creature." Deputy Attorney General Mel- anie Withers said there is no doubt ]ackeline has changed, but she asked that Jackeline receive the same sentence given to Junia. Although Stokes said nothing about deportation for Jackeline, defense attorney Vincent Vickers said Jackeline will be deported to Mexico upon her release from prison. Vickers described how ]ackeline endured a physically abusive father who deserted her and her mother, leaving them destitute in Mexico. "Her mother had little choice but to flee," Vickers said. Mother and daughter were smuggled across the Mexican border and eventually ended up in Sussex County, he said. A good student during her elementary years, Jackeline spiraled out of control by age 13. Her mother was forced to choose between providing financially for Jack- Continued on page 12 A Beachside Retreat of Custom Garden Townhomes Carrie Lingo or Murray Padgett 1240 Kings Highway Lewes, DE 19958 g 302-645-2207 (office) 1302-344-9188 (cell) / / / o Smartly nestled between ~ ** I the Bay 8< downtown Lewes. ~' o /)