11-04-08, 06:54 AM
4 Marines arrested in killing of sergeant, wife <br />
The Associated Press <br />
Posted : Monday Nov 3, 2008 22:15:01 EST <br />
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Four Marines have been arrested for the fatal shootings of a...
11-05-08, 05:40 AM
Marines accused in slaying of couple in Winchester
10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, November 4, 2008
By TAMMY J. McCOY
Heartbroken and enraged, mothers of the slain Winchester couple found bound, gagged and shot to death inside their home are struggling to understand what happened to their children.
The parents of Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife Quiana Jenkins Pietrzak, 26, were in tears when they heard that four Camp Pendleton-based Marines are suspected in the slayings.
"Marines are supposed to be brothers," said Jan's mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga. "What kind of brothers are these? They killed them in cold blood."
Riverside County sheriff's investigators announced Monday that four Marines "provided confessions" and the motive behind the slayings "appears to be financial gain," according to a department news release.
The Pietrzak's were found bound and gagged inside their Bermuda Street home on Oct. 15 by Riverside County sheriff's deputies who went to the home after he failed to show up for work at Camp Pendleton, according to sheriff's news release. Both suffered gunshot wounds to the head, authorities have said.
They did not wear expensive jewelry or give appearance they were wealthy, the mothers said. They worked hard for what they had and lived a middle-class lifestyle, the women said.
"They were not flashy," said Faye Jenkins, Quiana's mother. "They gave more than they received."
In custody at Camp Pendleton are: Lance Cpl. Emrys John, 18, an airframes mechanic, Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20, an airframes mechanic, and Pvt. Kevin Darnell Cox, 20, an aircraft communication-navigation electrical systems technician, according to Mike Alvarez, spokesman for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
John and Miller were assigned to the same unit as Pietrzak, according to Alvarez.
The three men in custody at the base are expected to be released to Riverside County authorities this week, he said.
One of the four Marines in question, Lance Cpl. Kesaun K. Sykes, 21, a clerk, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual assault, according to Riverside County jail records. Investigators declined to provide any additional information to protect the ongoing investigation, said spokeswoman Herlinda Valenzuela.
Quiana's mother was terrified by the idea of her daughter being sexually violated.
"She was a good girl," said Faye Jenkins, tears filling her voice. "She did not do anything. It doesn't make sense. I don't understand."
Pietrzak was a native of Poland who moved to New York when he was 10. He was a helicopter airframe mechanic who was deployed to Iraq. Quiana grew up in the San Bernardino-Ontario area. She worked for the Riverside County Public Health's Black Infant Care Center in Perris.
Reach Tammy J. McCoy at 951-375-3729 or tmccoy@PE.com
11-05-08, 05:42 AM
REGION: More details emerge in slayings of local Marine, wife <br />
By JOHN HALL - Staff Writer <br />
FRENCH VALLEY ---- More details are emerging about the execution-style slaying of a Marine sergeant...
11-05-08, 03:34 PM
Marines charged with killing couple in Winchester <br />
12:27 PM PST on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 <br />
Prosecutors filed charges today that make four Camp Pendleton-based Marines eligible for the death...
11-06-08, 08:18 AM
Brooklyn Marine sergeant & wife tortured, slain in Calif.; 4 of his men are arrested <br />
BY CORKY SIEMASZKO <br />
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER <br />
Wednesday, November 5th 2008, 11:56 PM <br />
11-07-08, 08:27 AM
Four Marines admit to roles in murder, records say <br />
The Monterey County Herald <br />
Article Last Updated: 11/07/2008 01:49:57 AM PST <br />
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Four Marines charged <br />