A judge in Detroit sentenced a New York man for the murder of a gay man from Michigan in 2013 on Wednesday (19 December).
Earlier this month, a jury found Andrew Czarnecki guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery, and mutilation of a dead body.
The judge sentenced Czarnecki to 11-20 years for armed robbery and life without parole for first-degree murder as well as the other sentences.
The Fair Michigan Justice Project prosecuted the case. In Michigan, this project assists law enforcement agencies and officials solve crimes against the LGBTI community.
Fair Michigan President Dana Nessel said this solution and conviction in a cold-case murder shows the project’s ‘resolve… to investigate and vigorously prosecute serious crimes against the LGBTQ community’.
‘We used our dedicated resources to find witnesses, gather evidence, extradite Czarnecki from New York, and mount a successful prosecution,’ she added.
‘With this conviction, the FMJP maintains its 100 percent conviction rate for the cases we have charged. We are proud to provide the community with an opportunity to come forward, speak up, and win justice whenever these crimes occur.’