PIETRZAK MURDERS UPDATE: FINAL MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TORTURE, SLAYING OF U.S. MARINE AND NEWLYWED WIFE

The last of the murderers of Jan and Quiana Pietrzak has finally been convicted.  Kesaun Sykes was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of U.S. Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26. Sykes received the death penalty.

I originally posted on this case  here, here, and  here.

It has been a long time coming, but, finally, this young couple have received the justice they deserved.

Rest in peace, Jan and Quiana Pietrzak.

Rest in peace.

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FINAL MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TORTURE, SLAYING OF U.S. MARINE AND NEWLYWED WIFE

Ex-Marine Kesaun Sykes was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of U.S. Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26. The couple was terrorized for an hour-and-a-half before they were shot execution style by four intruders.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:36 PM
 
Former marine Kesuan Sykes was sentenced to death in the 2008 killing of Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and her husband Jan Pawel Pietrzak.KTLAFormer marine Kesuan Sykes was sentenced to death in the 2008 killing of Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and her husband Jan Pawel Pietrzak.

The fourth and final suspect in the grisly 2008 murders of an Iraq War veteran and his newlywed wife was sentenced to death Friday, ending five years of painful court hearings for the couple’s families.

Ex-Marine Kesaun Sykes, 27, was sentenced on two counts of first degree murder in the brutal deaths of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

The couple was shot execution style after four men stormed in at about 1 a.m. Oct. 15, 2008, with the intent to rob, prosecutors said. They sexually assaulted Jenkins-Pietrzak, an infant care counselor, and beat Pietrzak while they were bound and gagged.

The intruders also painted the walls of the interracial couple’s Winchester/French Valley home with racial epithets, and lit a small fire to try and destroy evidence, according to prosecutors.

Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and Sgt. Jan Pietrzak were married for 68 days before they were violently terrorized and murdered.
Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and Sgt. Jan Pietrzak were married for 68 days before they were violently terrorized and murdered.
Sykes first faced hearings in 2009. He was tried separately from his three accomplices, who were convicted in June 2013.CARLOS DELGADO
Sykes first faced hearings in 2009. He was tried separately from his three accomplices, who were convicted in June 2013.

Pietrzak, of Brooklyn, had married his wife 68 days earlier.

“I went through hell all those years,” Pietrzak’s mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Vargaand, told the Daily News Sunday of life during the trial. “I’m pleased they are never going to get out.”

Sykes was tried separately from his three accomplices, who were convicted in 2013: Kevin Cox, Emrys John and Tyrone Miller. The three had worked with Pietrzak at Camp Pendleton as Marines, prosecutors said.

Ex-Marines Kevin Cox, Emyrs John and Tyrone Miller have been sentenced for the murders of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26. Miller and John have been sentenced to death while Cox has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.Ex-Marines Kevin Cox, Emyrs John and Tyrone Miller have been sentenced for the murders of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26. Miller and John have been sentenced to death while Cox has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Sykes, who was convicted Aug. 5, will join John and Miller on death row. Cox was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The case gained notoriety for its savagery, which was depicted in graphic details and photographs at trial. Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Daniel DeLimon apologized to jurors for showing them the disturbing crime scene images of Jenkin-Pietrzak’s naked body lying face down on a couch with her arms bound behind her back in red duct tape. Her badly bruised husband was next to her, his white T-shirt soaked in blood.

Photographs showed a vibrator was left next to the couple, which was what the intruders used to violate Jenkins-Pietrzak as her husband was forced to watch, prosecutors said.

Jenkins-Pietrzak and Pietrzak met in San Diego through a mutual friend, according to NBC San Diego .10news.comJenkins-Pietrzak and Pietrzak met in San Diego through a mutual friend, according to NBC San Diego .

Police found the couple’s wedding rings, valuables and Pietrzak’s uniform in the convicted men’s possession.

For Pietrzak-Vargaand, the prison sentences are not harsh enough for the “unrecyclable wastes of humanity” who stole the lives of her children. She hopes to move forward now that the trial has ended.

“It’s an empty victory because nothing’s changed,” Pietrzak-Vargaand. “It’s not closure. The only thing we closed is a casket.”

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