Man who killed fiancée's son found guilty, sentenced to life in prison

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Orlando Williams was convicted of killing 8-year-old JonMarquis Stepich because the boy did not clean his room, slamming the child's head so forcefully it caused irreversible brain injury.

Channel 11 was in the courtroom Monday when the judge found Williams guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced the North Braddock man to life in prison without parole.

The boy's family chose to leave the courtroom during much of the graphic testimony detailing the sheer brutality inflicted on JonMarquis by Williams who at the time was engaged to marry his mother.

Just as they did during the 3-day-trial, the child's family packed the courtroom but Notably absent today was Aleiasha Lininger, the victim's mother who we're told found it to be too much. 

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She was not there when the judge drew a disturbingly vivid picture of how JonMarquis was killed 

According to a criminal complaint, Williams told police he had been drinking earlier in the day Sunday and that his fiancée left for work, leaving him with her three children.

Williams told police that while in JonMarquis’ room, he stumbled on a laundry basket with clothing in it. Williams said he became angry and yelled at the boy.


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According to the complaint, Williams then grabbed the boy and tried to slam him on his bed but missed. 

A doctor from UPMC Children’s Hospital testified Wednesday that the boy’s severe head injury didn’t come from a single blow but from repetitive force on his head.

Judge Donna Jo McDaniel said Williams banged (the boy's) head not once but multiple times, over and over and over until irreversible brain injury.

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After the verdict, the attorney for Aleisha Lininger, the child's mother, explained her relationship with Williams this way.

“In this circumstance she was completely misled,” Lininger's attorney said. 

Williams had no visible reaction to the verdict.

His attorney said they will file an appeal.



 

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