DC Man Gets 32 Years in Death of Latisha Frazier

Brian Gaither sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of Latisha Frazier, 18.

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    A D.C. man was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of an 18-year-old whose body was never found.

    Brian Gaither, 25, of Southeast, pleaded guilty in November to the first-degree murder of Latisha Frazier, days before his trial was set to begin.

    Gaither will also receive five years of supervised probation upon his release.

    Frazier vanished in August 2010, after -- according to prosecutors -- she was lured to a home on Trenton Place SE and beaten by a group of people who suspected, likely incorrectly, that she had stolen $900 from one of them.

    Frazier was bound with tape and left in a closet, and Gaither later choked her to death, prosecutors said.

    Gaither and others attempted to dismember her body in a bathtub the following day, prosecutors said.  He then placed it into a large plastic crate and threw into a dumpster in the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE, they say.

    Frazier's body was never found. It's believed to be in a rural Virginia landfill.

    Four other people have also been charged in connection with the case. The trial for a co-defendant, Johnnie Sweet, 19, is scheduled to begin April 22.