SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) —A mother is speaking out about the former Marines convicted of murdering her daughter and son-in-law in a home invasion robbery in French Valley in 2008.
Sergeant Janek Pietrzak, 24, and his 26-year-old wife, Quiana Faye Jenkins-Pietrzak, were married only 67 days when four Camp Pendleton-based Marines ambushed the couple in their home, stole their belongings and then shot them both.
Jenkins-Pietrzak was also sexually assaulted before she was killed.
On Thursday, a jury recommended the death penalty for Emrys Justin John, 23, and Tyrone Lloyd Miller, 25. A separate jury recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for Kevin Darnell Cox, 25. Kesaun Kedron Sykes, 25, is expected to be tried in the summer.
At least two of the Marines served under Pietrzak. The prosecutor said the motive of the killings was robbery and anger; one of the attackers was reportedly told he had little chance of promotion and took it out on Pietrzak.
Glenda Faye Jenkins, Quiana’s mother, spent her first full day after the sentencing contemplating what happened to her beloved family.
“Years ago, people described them as a true ‘Love Story.’ I remember seeing the movie…and I thought about it…and I said, ‘Yes,’” she said. “They were so young and they worked so hard to get what they got.”
Jenkins feels only emptiness for the men who killed her loved ones.
“I can’t give them any more from me than they’ve already taken from me,” she said.
Jenkins added, “They tortured them. You think how you would feel if you were sitting, and you’re blindfolded, and you hear gunshots go off, and you know you’re next. (My daughter) suffered. She suffered and you don’t want your children to suffer.”