Michaela C. Briede case: Teen killed at N.Ky. apartment was granddaughter of victim rights advocate

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. -- A teen found dead at a Fort Mitchell apartment Tuesday night was the granddaughter of a woman who fought for the passage of a 1998 bill that allowed for a life sentence without parole for Kentucky criminals.

Eighteen-year-old college student Michaela C. Briede was killed around 11:46 p.m. But more than 21 years earlier, Michaela's aunt Lesley Briede was brutally murdered, pushing her grandmother Barbara Briede to fight for the passage of the Briede Bill.

Barbara and other supporters of victim's rights won a victory in 1998 when the Briede Bill passed. The Kentucky crime bill allows for a life sentence without parole, a 50 percent increase in victim compensation and a mandate that violent offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. Before, offenders were only required to serve 50 percent of their sentence.

Barbara Briede also became the chapter president of Kentuckians Voice for Crime Victims after Carlos Faulkner pleaded guilty to murdering her daughter Lesley. Following Faulkner's conviction, Barbara became an outspoken advocate of adding the life-without-parole provision.

Lesley Briede's body was found in her home on Sept. 20,1992 after she was beaten with a barbell and stabbed 39 times. She was 26.

Faulkner is serving a life sentence at the maximum-security Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. He is eligible for parole in 2018, after serving 25 years. He was 25 at the time of his arrest.

Officers say Michaela Briede's death Tuesday night was not a random act of violence -- but that she was targeted at her apartment at The Vinings of Fort Mitchell.

The homicide occurred in the 500 block of West Chelsea Circle at about 11:46 p.m. and a shooting was reported at the residence a short time later.

Authorities also added that a male resident of the apartment is believed to have been present during the shooting.

Briede was an honors student at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., and a recent graduate of Grant County High School.

When authorities arrived at the apartment building, they found Briede dead from an apparent homicide.

Officials said Briede moved into that apartment about a week ago and shared it with her boyfriend known as "Josh."

Police have questioned Josh and said he's "somewhat cooperative."

An autopsy to determine the official cause of Briede's death is underway.

Her death marks the Northern Kentucky city's first killing in 2013.

Fort Mitchell Police Chief Jeffrey Eldridge said there are no suspects in custody at this time. He added crews were on the scene through Wednesday morning to investigate.

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