A convicted killer who confessed to the cannibalistic murder and maiming of a man he met on Grindr has been officially sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole.
Mark David Latunski, 52, will spend his life behind bars for the murder of Kevin Bacon, 25, on Christmas Eve 2019, according to Fox Detroit affiliate WJBK. Thursday’s sentencing was expected following Latunski’s surprising guilty plea in September as he faced open murder charges. In October, a special hearing was held where the court decided to find him guilty of first degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
Before Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart handed down sentencing, Bacon’s family members, including his mother, Pamela, read a victim impact statement, according to the affiliate. from CBS Bay City, WNEM-TV.
“In your sick, twisted mind, you probably think you’ve done nothing wrong. But in reality, you took away our world,” the grieving mother said. “This Christmas I hope you are hurting like we are because you won’t be able to be with your family. I hope you are hurting because you are on your own with all the years to come.
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Judge Stewart said he hoped the sentence would be “some comfort in what I know is an enormity of suffering” for Bacon’s loved ones.
Kevin Bacon, a University of Michigan – Flint student and hairstylist from Swartz Creek, Michigan, left home on the night of December 24, 2019. He was reported missing the next day when he had not arrived for family Christmas breakfast.
Text messages later revealed that he and Latunksi had planned via the Grindr app to meet at Latunski’s home in Bennington Township, about 30 miles northeast of Lansing.
It was there that police – on December 28, 2019 – found Bacon’s naked and mutilated body hanging upside down from the rafters in a secret room in Latunksi’s basement. The only suspect admitted to stabbing the victim from behind, slitting her throat and removing her genitals for consumption.
Latunski said it was all part of a sexual fantasy Bacon requested.
Latunski’s competence has been questioned several times during the legal proceedings. In 2020 he was deemed unfit to stand trial, but was later reinstated – a decision upheld twice.
“I tried to find a word for this murder,” Shiawassee County District Attorney Scott Koerner said just before sentencing. “What has come to mind is pure evil and the ripple effect it has had on Kevin’s family, friends, court staff, my staff and anyone who needs to read this horrific story .”
Latunski’s attorney, Mary Chartier, also spoke before Judge Stewart sentencing the convict.
“While Mr. Latunski is remorseful and truly regrets his actions, he knows he can’t go back and he certainly can’t bring Mr. Bacon back to life,” Chartier said.
Pamela Bacon – who has called her son an ‘angel’ – told reporters her son’s murder had created conflict within their family, including his divorce and the fact that his daughter allegedly blamed Pamela for the murder , according to the Bay City outlet.
She said no Christmas would ever be the same without Kevin.
“He would want everyone to go ahead and do what they have to do for their goals and their dreams,” the mother said. “And I’ll say it like my daughter said, ‘please be careful on the internet because you never know what’s going to happen.'”
If Latunski decides to appeal the conviction, he has 41 days to do so.