Skip to comments.Plymouth Teen Convicted of Beheading Man [USA]
Posted on 04/17/2008 6:03:10 PM PDT by BlackVeil
An 18-year-old teen was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday of killing a man, beheading him and torching the body.
Jean Pierre Orlewicz of Plymouth, Mich., was the teenager responsible for the atrocious killing. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case of the Nov. 7 killing of Daniel Sorensen, a 26-year-old young man from River Rouge in Wayne County's Canton Township.
After only one day of deliberations, the jury has reached a verdict in Orlewicz case. The conviction carries a mandatory punishment of life in prison without parole. His defense team already announced their intention to appeal.
Surprisingly, Orlewicz didnt seem to be bothered by the verdict, while Sorensens family wept in the audience.
Orlewiczs alleged accomplice, 18-year-old Alexander Letkemann of Westland, pleaded guilty of second degree murder and testified against him. Letkemann now faces 20-30 years in jail.
According to Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran, the victim was lured to a garage and then attacked by Orlewicz, who cut his throat and stabbed him several times.
Thinking he would get away with it, the killer burned Sorensens fingers to get rid of the finger prints, beheaded him and took the body to a field in Northville Township where he set it on fire. Orlewicz threw the head of the victim in the Rouge River in Hines Park.
It seems so far out of character that its hard to believe, Orlewicz father, William, said.
Orlewicz defended himself by saying that he acted in self defense and after he realized that he killed Sorensen he panicked. He said he mutilated the body of the victim because he feared reprisal by organized crime figures.
However, prosecutors found out that Orlewicz had planned the crime after Sorensen, a bar bouncer, pointed a gun at him.
Because he's a sociopath, maybe?
There is a “point” to be learned here.
Don’t pull or point a gun, unless you intend to use it!
Nah, he looks perfectly normal to me. /s
Enjoy your new home in Jackson or Ionia, punk.
Hamas, Hezebollah, and Al-Queda have already sent him recruitment offers, no doubt.
They can sign him up while he’s in prison, for all the good it will do them.
One of these things is not like the others. . . .
There had to be a Wayne in there somewhere.
YIKES!! Where’s the exorcist?
Doesn’t it have to be the middle name?
There seems to be some resemblance to Nancy Pelosi.
Who does this guy think he is, an Islamist???
He simply ain't right in the head.
I agree, it’s terrible for all the families. What a horrible act.
If the guy he killed really was mob, this prick won’t last until his next appeal...
What is this kid’s background? Seems as if both boys involved in the murder (and the victim too) came from two-parent families with some resources. So how did their kids turn into amoral thugs?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.