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LogansPapa
11-06-2008, 12:00 PM
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Brooklyn Marine sergeant & wife tortured, slain in Calif.; 4 of his men are arrested

BY CORKY SIEMASZKO / DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Updated Thursday, November 6th 2008, 10:35 AM

A Brooklyn-raised Marine sergeant and his new bride were tortured and killed execution-style in their California home - allegedly by four other Marines under his command.

Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak, who was raised in Bensonhurst, and his wife, Quiana, were found bound and gagged in the ransacked house, each shot in the head.

Pietrzak was the suspects' sergeant at Camp Pendleton, Quiana's mother said Wednesday.

"They're monsters," Faye Jenkins told the Daily News. "They're monsters."

Pietrzak's mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga, said she had prepared herself "for the possibility that my son could die in Iraq."

"But to die like this, in their own home?" she told The News. "They were good kids. They didn't deserve to die like this."

LInk (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/11/05/2008-11-05_brooklyn_marine_sergeant__wife_tortured_-2.html)


:mad::mad::mad:

noonwitch
11-06-2008, 02:12 PM
This is really disturbing to me.


I do have a question, as I've never been in the military: will the killers be tried in a civil court or a military court? I suspect that they will face the death penalty in either case, I'm just curious who has jurisdiction.

LogansPapa
11-06-2008, 02:18 PM
Major - how does that work?:confused:

Is this a USMC issue, followed by a firing squad outcome?

Shannon
11-06-2008, 02:21 PM
The link only takes me to the picture. Was that the entire article?

LogansPapa
11-06-2008, 02:24 PM
www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/11/05/2008-11-05_brooklyn_marine_sergeant__wife_tortured_-2.html

:o (sorry)

Teetop
11-06-2008, 02:59 PM
This is really disturbing to me.


I do have a question, as I've never been in the military: will the killers be tried in a civil court or a military court? I suspect that they will face the death penalty in either case, I'm just curious who has jurisdiction.

Being in the military, you are subject to double jeopardy. You can be tried in military court, then in civilian courts. Or vice versa.

Rebel Yell
11-06-2008, 03:50 PM
Those fuckers should be drawn and quartered.

Phillygirl
11-06-2008, 06:20 PM
Oh my god, this is horrible. I find it hard to believe.

Elspeth
11-06-2008, 06:20 PM
God this is awful. I live not too far from Pendleton and it's news here.

One of the problems may be that the military has been taking in gang members because they need to meet quotas. I don't know about the Marines, but I know that the regular army has been taking gang types. Our local news has been running a series on what these guys do when they get back from Iraq and Afghanistan. They take their military expertise and apply it to their gang lives. I imagine San Diego is in for more hell.

PoliCon
11-07-2008, 01:43 AM
something smells off. :( There is more to this story . . . .

marinejcksn
11-07-2008, 01:47 AM
Brooklyn Marine sergeant & wife tortured, slain in Calif.; 4 of his men are arrested
BY CORKY SIEMASZKO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Updated Thursday, November 6th 2008, 12:30 PM

A Brooklyn-raised Marine sergeant and his new bride were tortured and killed execution-style in their California home - allegedly by four other Marines under his command.

Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak, who was raised in Bensonhurst, and his wife, Quiana, were found bound and gagged in the ransacked house, each shot in the head.

Pietrzak was the suspects' sergeant at Camp Pendleton, Quiana's mother said Wednesday.

"They're monsters," Faye Jenkins told the Daily News. "They're monsters."

Pietrzak's mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga, said she had prepared herself "for the possibility that my son could die in Iraq."

"But to die like this, in their own home?" she told The News. "They were good kids. They didn't deserve to die like this."

Investigators said the motive for murder was "financial gain." Neither mother believes that.

"When I found out what they did to them, it was like they killed me, too," Pietrzak-Varga said.

A spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office would not comment on reports that Pietrzak was killed by his own men.

Detectives also did not divulge what the accused Marines were looking for, but the suspects were tied to the crime by items found in their homes and on the military base.

Born in Poland, Pietrzak was 10 when he moved to the U.S. and enlisted after the 9/11 attacks. He was named Jan Pawel, which means John Paul, after the Polish pontiff.

A mechanic who worked on helicopters, Pietrzak, 24, met his wife three years ago at a party for Marines being deployed to Iraq.

Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who worked for the county's Black Infant Care Center, was reluctant to date a Marine. But Pietrzak wooed her, and they were married in August.

"They were in love," her mother-in-law said. "It didn't matter to them that they had different skin colors."

The bride wore her favorite white Converse sneakers, and she was still in the process of writing thank-you cards when she was killed.

"She was our only child and my best friend," Faye Jenkins said. "He was like my son. He was so proud to be a Marine. But when he was off the base, he was my son."

The Pietrzaks were not rich and purchased their five-bedroom home in May through a foreclosure, said Waldemar Piasecki, a New York-based Polish journalist and family friend. He used his reenlistment bonus to replace the hardwood floor and carpet.

"They were hardworking young people," Piasecki said.

On Oct. 15, deputies were dispatched to the Pietrzak home in Winchester, an exurb of San Diego, when the Marine did not show up for work.

When they arrived, the deputies found the Pietrzaks in the living room and evidence that the robbers had tried to cover their tracks by torching the house.

Charged with murder and other crimes are Pvt. Emrys John, 18, of Maryland; Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20, of North Carolina; Pvt. Kevin Darnell Cox, 20, of Tennessee, and Pvt. Kesuan Sykes, 21, of California.

Lawyers for the men could not be reached for comment.

Pietrzak's mother said she can't understand how Marines could have committed such a crime.

"Don't the Marines screen out people like this?" she said. "Didn't they know they had murderers under their roof?"

marinejcksn
11-07-2008, 02:43 AM
My SgtMaj got this story today, her close friend is the SgtMaj of this unit. Tragic story, my heart goes out to their families. RIP brother, you will be missed.

jediab
11-07-2008, 09:14 AM
W.....T......F.....?!?!?! :eek:

Celtic Rose
11-07-2008, 09:19 AM
That is really tragic :( My prayer's go out to their families :(

Odysseus
11-07-2008, 10:06 AM
My SgtMaj got this story today, her close friend is the SgtMaj of this unit. Tragic story, my heart goes out to their families. RIP brother, you will be missed.

Have they established that robbery was the motive? It sounds like there was something personal going on.

cat714
11-07-2008, 02:37 PM
W.....T......F.....?!?!?! :eek:

My thoughts exactly. that is just horrible.

Troll
11-07-2008, 04:11 PM
Born in Poland, Pietrzak was 10 when he moved to the U.S. and enlisted after the 9/11 attacks.

The world, not just America, lost a hero in this man. Prayers for all the family.

I'll echo what Odysseus said - I doubt greed was the (only) motive; you don't torture and kill people you came to rob. I'll be keeping an eye on how this story develops.