Jury Chooses Death Penalty for Ex-Marine in Murders

A Riverside County Superior Court jury today chose the death penalty as the sentence for a Fallbrook man convicted in the 2008 murders of ...

A Riverside County Superior Court jury today chose the death penalty as the sentence for a Fallbrook man convicted in the 2008 murders of a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and his wife in their home near Murrieta.

Kesaun Kedron Sykes, 27 and a former Marine, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder on Aug. 5. The jury also found true the special circumstances of murder during the commission of a robbery, during the commission of a burglary, rape by instrument, and multiple murders. The jury deliberated for about half a day today before reading the death penalty verdict.

Sykes and three others were convicted in the 2008 murders of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who were found murdered in their home in the unincorporated area of Winchester/French Valley.

A separate jury determined that Emrys John and Tyrone Miller should be put to death and that Kevin Cox should receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Pietrzak and Jenkins-Pietrzak were found bound and both had been shot in the head. Cox, John and Miller all worked with Sgt. Pietrzak at one time as Marines while stationed at Camp Pendleton, according to the news release.

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