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15-Year Old Admits to Carjacking, Kidnapping 89-Year Old Woman


GEORGETOWN, Del. - Junia McDonald has pleaded guilty to carjacking and kidnapping an 89-year old woman in March, 2013. State prosecutors said that the 15 year old McDonald, along with three other teenagers, put Margaret Smith, now 90-years old in the trunk of her own car. They're charged with leaving her there for nearly two days, before dumping her in a secluded cemetery in Seaford. 

McDonald is now the third person to be found guilty of the crimes. Phillip Brewer of Bridgeville, who is now 18 years old, pleaded guilty to the crime first, agreeing to lesser charges in exchange for testifying against his friends. In June, a week-long trial lead to a guilty verdict in the case against Rondaiges Harper of Bridgeville. He was sentenced to 30 years of prison. 

Now McDonald pleaded guilty to first-degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping, and second-degree conspiracy to commit a felony. The state agreed to drop a robbery charge. Her sentencing is scheduled for September 12 of this year. 

John Daniello, her attorney said that she could face anywhere between four and 50 years of jail time. He said he was hopeful that the judge would be lenient, due to her young age. 

"She was 14 years old," he said. "She's been easily manipulated and easily lead by peer pressure and lack of supervision." 

The fourth teenager involved with the alleged crime was Jackeline Perez of Milford, now 17-years old, who will have her trial in October. State attorneys said that Perez and McDonald were the ones who did the initial carjacking and kidnapping in Sussex County. 

In an exclusive interview after the kidnapping, Margaret Smith told WBOC about her experience. 

"I had nothing to do but start walking," she said. Later in the interview, she explained what she thought should be done with the teenagers accused of the crime. "They need some help," she said. "Some medical help. Hoping that would stop them from doing it again to someone else." 

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