A cannibalistic man who brutally murdered by eating a student’s genitals has been sentenced to life in prison.
Mark Latunski, 52, appeared before a Michigan judge Thursday in the December 24, 2019, murder of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Latunski pleaded guilty in September to killing Bacon, whom he met through the dating app Grindr, and eating parts of his body, including a testicle, at his Bennington Township home.
Bacon’s body was discovered in the basement of the Latunsku home on Dec. 28 after his roommate told police he had gone to meet someone he had met on the dating app.
His family reported him missing after he failed to show up for Christmas breakfast.
Mark Latunski, 52, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday for the murder of his friend Grindr three years ago
Kevin Bacon, 25, was killed and maimed by Latunski on December 24, 2019 at the cannibal’s home in Bennington Township
Pam and Karl Bacon appeared in court and a prepared statement for Latunski was read on their behalf.
“In your sick, twisted mind, you probably don’t think you did anything wrong,” wrote Hannah, Bacon’s mother. “This Christmas, I hope you suffer like we do.”
Karl, who filed the missing person report for Kevin when he failed to show up for Christmas breakfast, has previously said he wants Latunski to rot in jail.
Bacon, who was a student and hairstylist at the University of Michigan-Flint, was found by police hanging by the ankles from the rafters of Latunski’s home with a stab wound to the back and a slit throat.
Latunkski confessed to his crimes before prosecutors in September, including the events that led to Bacon’s death and the inhumane acts that occurred after he ate a piece of his genitals.
“Did you use a knife to stab Mr. Bacon,” a prosecutor asked Latunski in September. “Did you know that stabbing Mr. Bacon with a knife would most certainly create a very high risk of death or serious bodily harm to Mr. Bacon?”
To which Latunski replied, “Yeah, I did.”
The cannibal admitted to stabbing Bacon in the back and later cutting off his testicles and eating them in the kitchen.
Latunski’s defense previously attempted to declare him mentally unfit to stand trial after undergoing months of psychiatric treatment in a Michigan hospital, ABC 12 reported.
Latunski lived in the Bennington Township house. Bacon was found in a secret room in the basement
Latunski pleaded guilty in September to killing Bacon and eating one of his testicles after stabbing him in the back and slitting his throat. Pictured: Latunski in court on December 15
Bacon’s family appeared in court and a statement prepared for Latunski was read on their behalf
Bacon was found with a slit throat and hanging upside down by his ankles
Latunski’s defense had previously attempted to declare him mentally unfit to stand trial. He was seen in court on December 15
Latunski was seen escorted from the Shiawassee County Courthouse
Latunski had several encounters with police before Bacon’s death, including a few months prior in October 2019, when a New York man called 911 after allegedly waking up in the cannibal’s basement.
The New York man had fled and 911 calls obtained by The Flint Journal-MLive reveal the call for help.
‘I want you to know that I have never seen anything like it. I don’t know if he drugged me. All we know is I ended up locked in this fucking basement, okay? Chained in the basement,” the New York man said.
It is unclear what happened in this case, but a month later police received another call about another victim.
Latunski had several encounters with police before his arrest in Bacon’s death, but was never charged
The call came in on Nov. 25, 2019. At the time, the man told police he had escaped from Latunski’s home and feared he would be held against his will and chained to his sub. floor.
“I’m trying to get away from a scary guy,” the caller told the dispatcher. “He had me tied up in his basement.
Twice before Bacon’s death, men had escaped from Latunski’s house
Michael Parks, a neighbor of Latunski, encountered the unidentified victim while on his porch, according to Fox 2.
The victim was covered in blood and had knocked on Parks’ door as she tried to escape from Latunski.
“He has purple hair, he wears a leather skirt and he has two belts on his chest,” Park said. ‘This gentleman grabs my arm with mortal fear [screaming] ‘help me, get him away’ just screaming loudly ‘he wants to hurt me, he wants to hurt me.’
“Another vehicle pulls into my driveway and pulls out, I now find it is Mark, wearing a leather skirt, belts across his chest, no shoes, no shirt, his beard is braided… a gentleman very strange.”
Police had arrested Latunski, who was wearing nothing but a kilt, during the chase, but no charges were filed.
Latunski’s torture house was later sold in February 2020 to a woman seeking to use it as a rental home.
The house sold for $101,733.28, or $21,000 over the asking price.
Records previously revealed that Latunski was married to a woman named Emily, with whom he had two children.
Emily had requested a suspension of Latunski’s visitation rights on August 22, 2019 and cited his diagnosis of major depression, paranoid schizophrenia and traits of a personality disorder in 2010 and 2012.
‘[Mark Latunski] has a history of mental illness and was hospitalized in the Owosso Mental Stress Unit… [and] has a history of going off his medication,’ said the petition filed by Emily in 2019.
According to court records, Latunski also stopped taking his medication to treat his mental illnesses.
Latunski was also married to ex-husband Jamie Arnold for three years before calling it quits in September 2019.
Arnold previously told M-Live he didn’t know Latunski suffered from a mental illness until July 2019 when he was arrested for failing to pay child support.
“To my knowledge, I couldn’t force him to see a therapist or take medication,” Arnold said. “Never in a million years would I have thought he would be capable of committing such a horrific crime.”