Teen sentenced to 30-60 years for beating WWII veteran to death, then immolating body

Teen sentenced to 30-60 years for beating WWII veteran to death, then immolating body
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A man who is charged with the November killing a 91-year-old Detroit man was sentenced Friday to 30-60 years in prison.

George Stewart will be at least 47 years old before he is released from prison. Stewart is charged with beating Paul Monchnik to death and setting him on fire in his own home.

“No one should be able to leave this world like that,” Stewart said in court. “Mr. Monchnik was a good man. He didn’t deserve to die like he did.”

It’s a memory Monchnik’s son can’t erase from his memory.

“The terrible, sickening feeling I get thinking that my dad’s last hour on earth was filled with horror and pain, worse than anything he went through in the war,” Scott Monchnik said.

Stewart plead guilty to second-degree murder. His sister said her brother is not a monster.

“My brother has never been in any trouble in his life,” Taige Stewart said.

Local 4 interviewed the then-17-year-old Stewart who lived next door to Monchnik the morning the 91-year-old’s body was found.

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