Jurors choose death penalty for Marine in double-murder

“To me, the four of them are a waste of humanity, They get what they deserve,” Henryka Varga said today after a jury recommended the death penalty for the fourth man convicted of murdering her son, Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, and daughter-in-law, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak.

Jurors have recommended the death penalty for the last of four Camp Pendleton Marines convicted of murdering a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and his wife in their French Valley home in 2008.

The mothers of the victims clasped hands and exhaled deeply as the death verdicts were read Thursday afternoon in a Riverside courtroom.

Kesaun Kedron Sykes, 27, was found guilty earlier this month of murder and allegations of robbery and sexual assault. Sykes had faced the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for what prosecutor Daniel DeLimon called “a prolonged and sadistic murder.”

Sykes’ sentencing is set for Nov. 7.

“To me, the four of them are a waste of humanity,” said Henryka Varga, mother of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24. “They get what they deserve.”


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