The case arose from the 2013 robbery, killing, and burning of a gay man. Judge Hathaway also sentenced Czarnecki to 11-20 years for armed robbery, and 57 months to 11 years for mutilation of a dead body. On December 5, 2018, a Wayne County jury found Czarnecki guilty of the crimes after a trial.
The case was prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), which is collaboration between the Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.
Czarnecki’s co-defendant, Hameer Alkotait, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on February 6, 2019, and trial on March 6, 2019.