Mark Latunski convicted of murdering Grindr date Kevin Bacon

Mark Latunski (centre) at his hearing on September 22, 2022.

Mark Latunski (centre) at his hearing on September 22, 2022.

A 53-year-old Michigan man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering, dismembering and eating the severed genitals of a 25-year-old man he met through dating app Grindr.

Shiawassee District Judge Matthew J Stewart ordered on Thursday Markus David Latunski serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for manslaughter and dismemberment Kevin baconwho was killed just before Christmas in 2019, court records reviewed by the Law & Crime Show.

Judge Stewart addressed Bacon’s family members directly, several of whom attended the trial, before delivering the verdict.

“I know nothing can ease your suffering and I know the weight of your pain is immeasurable,” the judge said. “But it is my goal that today’s verdict may be some comfort in what I know is an enormous pain.”

The victim’s mother Pamela Vanhorn wrote a victim statement which was read in court by a social worker.

“Our world has been shaken. Even though we have such great memories of our son, our life or family will never be the same,” said the representative, speaking on behalf of Vanhorn. “Our family has been torn apart by all the pain and confusion we have endured after losing our son and our daughter her brother. I don’t understand why anyone would want to hurt my son, especially in such a horrible and incredible way. He would have done anything for anyone, even if they had to spend their last penny.”

Vanhorn’s testimony went further, eventually addressing Latunski directly.

“Now Christmas will never be the same for our family for us because you took our son from us,” the rep read. “Even though we’re finally getting justice for Kevin, it still doesn’t feel enough and you can still live and do things because a pig like you can never have regrets.”

Bacon’s sister and father also wrote victim impact statements, which were read by representatives during Thursday’s trial.

Latunski pleaded guilty in September to one count of outright murder and one count of exhumation and mutilation of a corpse in Bacon’s death, Law&Crime previously reported. Judge Stewart sentenced Latunski to life in prison for murder and 10 years for excavation, the sentences being imposed concurrently.

Because the murder charge that Latunski was relying on was left open, Judge Stewart ruled in October that he was guilty of first-degree murder after a two-day trial.

“The court finds that this crime was not committed in the heat of passion,” Stewart said at the trial. “The court finds that this is a crime of cold calculation. Kevin Bacon’s death was Mark Latunski’s plan.”

Authorities found Bacon’s body in December 2019 at Latunski’s home in Bennington Township, about an hour and a half northwest of Detroit. Police said Bacon’s remains were hanging upside down by a rope from the ceiling beams of a hidden room in Latunski’s home. Latunski slit the bacon’s throat before cutting off and eating the victim’s testicles.

Bacon’s roommate told investigators that after Bacon connected with Latunski on Grinder, the two met in person for Christmas Eve Detroit News reported. His family reported him missing the next day when he failed to show up for their annual Christmas gathering and could not be reached by phone.

Based on the suggestion that Bacon met someone from Grindr, authorities focused on Latunski as the prime suspect in the case. He reportedly confessed to the horrifying murder and provided grisly autopsy details in a Dec. 28 interview with investigators.

Alberto Luperon contributed to this report.

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