Former Marines set to die for brutal torture of newlywed sergeant, wife

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Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quianna Jenkins-Pietrzak,. Courtesy: KTLA

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – A few former U.S. Marines were sentenced to death for the murders of a Marine Corps. sergeant and his wife in their new home.

Kesaun Kedron Sykes was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak.

The newlyweds’ bodies were found bound and gagged inside their home in 2008.

Both had been shot in the head execution-style, according to prosecutors.

They had only been married 68 days.

According to KTLA, Jenkins-Pietrzak was also raped before the couple’s home was set on fire in an apparent effort to destroy evidence.

Sykes was the fourth person convicted of the murders.

Kevin Cox, Emrys John and Tyrone Miller were each convicted in 2013.

John and Miller also received the death penalty.

Cox was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities say Cox, John and Miller all worked with Pietrzak at one time at Camp Pendleton.

Prosecutors say the crime started as a robbery.