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Death Recommended for 2 Marines in Torture Murders of Newlyweds

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Jurors have recommended death Thursday for two of three former Marines convicted in the murders of a fellow Marine and his wife in 2008.

Tyrone Miller, 25, and Emrys John, 22, received death sentences. Kevin Cox, 25, was given life without parole.

marine-murdersThe three were convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26.

The newlyweds were found bound and gagged in their Riverside County home.

Both were shot in the head execution-style.

Evidence showed Jenkins-Pietrzak was also raped before the couple’s townhouse was set on fire in an apparent effort to destroy evidence, prosecutors said.

A fourth former Marine, Kesaun Sykes, 25, also faced murder charges.

His trial was set to begin in August.

Pietrzak, an Iraq war veteran, was stationed at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.

His wife was a counselor with a Riverside County infant care program.

They had been married for 68 days.

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