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Prosecutors Seek Death in Marine Case



    Prosecutors Seek Death in Marine Case
    Court records indicate four Marines acknowledged they had roles in the robbery, sexual assault and murder of an Camp Pendleton-based Iraq veteran and his wife last month in Riverside County.

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Riverside County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for four Camp Pendleton-based Marines charged in the execution-style killings of a fellow Marine and his wife.
    Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, were found gagged, tied and shot in the head Oct. 15 in the living room of their Winchester home. Investigators say the house had been ransacked and a fire had been set in an apparent effort to destroy evidence. Detectives said Quiana had been sexually assaulted.

    A prosecutor said the four defendants -- Lance Cpl. Emrys John, 18, of Maryland; Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20, of North Carolina; Pvt. Kevin Cox, 20, of Tennessee, and Lance Cpl. Kesaun Sykes, 21, of California -- are eligible for the death penalty because of the multiple murder and other special circumstance charges they face on top of their first-degree murder charges.
    Pietrzak was stationed at Camp Pendleton, where he worked as a helicopter airframe mechanic and supervised two of the defendants.