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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Beheaded man's girlfriend testifies he planned to extort money

11-30-2007 Michigan

PLYMOUTH - The girlfriend of a man who was stabbed, beheaded and burned said he planned to extort money from someone just before his death.

Breana Milow, 20, testified today at the preliminary examination of two teenagers charged in the Nov. 7 slaying of 26-year-old Daniel Sorensen that he occasionally carried a revolver and a knife and expected to collect $3,000 on the day he was killed.

"It was for his protection," Milow said of the gun. "He used it whenever he went to do a job."


Canton High School senior Jean Pierre Orlewicz, 17, and 18-year-old Alexander James Letkemann of Westland face one count each of first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder and mutilation of a corpse.

Sorensen was stabbed at least 13 times in a Canton Township garage belonging to Orlewicz's grandfather, prosecutors say.

The Wayne County medical examiner's office says an autopsy revealed Sorensen already was dead before his body was burned and beheaded.

Milow testified that Sorensen had gone to the garage the day he was killed to extort money from someone Orlewicz knew.

Milow also testified that Sorensen told her he had gone to the garage earlier that week, and the floors and windows were covered with a tarp.

The defense argued it was hearsay, and District Judge Michael Gerou did not allow the statement into evidence.

"I really didn't want to know the details about the job," Milow said.

Orlewicz's lawyer, James Thomas, says his client's ultimate defense is that Sorensen's actions resulted in his death.

The murder charges carry mandatory sentences of life in prison. Mutilating a corpse carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. ..more.. by Corey Williams, Associated Press

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